Tape Drives & Embedded Multimedia Cards

Two very different types of storage device – Tape drives and eMMC

You’ll have to excuse the linking of these two subjects into one post.  Although very different entities, I’m not planning to cover either of these in too much detail and felt it was probably more time efficient to combine them into a single post and finishing off my look at storage devices by tidying up loose ends.

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Optical Discs & Drives

A review of optical discs and their many incarnations

Optical discs are a removable storage media that stores information and data on it optically as opposed to magnetically such as the way HDDs do.  The majority of us will have used optical discs on an almost daily basis in the form of compact discs (CDs), digital versatile discs (DVDs) and Blu-Rays.

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Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs)

A look into drives that combines the best features of HDDs and SSDs

SSHD stands for Solid State Hybrid Drive, a relatively recent development in storage devices that combines the best features of magnetic HDDs and those of the faster SSDs.

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Multimedia Card SSDs

A different variation on solid state drives – Multimedia Cards

In addition to the examples from the previous post, SSDs come in a number of other formats and flavours.  The majority of these other formats are often used in devices that are external to personal computers such as mobile phones and digital cameras. Continue reading “Multimedia Card SSDs”

Solid State Drives (SSDs) & ‘Flash Drives’

An introduction to solid state and ‘flash’ drives.

Solid State Drives (SSDs) retain data in a special type of memory as an alternative to using disk or tape storage.  This method of data storage is known as Flash technology and uses non-volatile memory in order to emulate other mechanical storage (e.g. a HDD).   Continue reading “Solid State Drives (SSDs) & ‘Flash Drives’”

Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)

Details about the design and operation of hard disk drives

Possibly the PC component with the greatest variety of types and styles is the storage device.  Unsurprisingly, storage devices contain all of the data that we, as users, enter into a computer system, keeping it there until we need to access, edit or update it at a later stage. Continue reading “Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)”