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IT Career JumpStart: An Introduction to PC Hardware, Software, and Networking by Randy Muller, Joey Alpern, Naomi J. Alpern

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Chapter 2

Storing Your Files: Data Storage

In This Chapter

  • Hard drives
  • PATA, SATA, and SCSI drives
  • Disk partitions
  • Disk drive configurations
  • Offline storage, including floppy drives, removable drives, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, SSD, and tapes

store v : to place something in a location for later use

Every computer has a collection of files. This collection includes the files that run the operating system, the files the computer needs to use applications, and the data files you create. All these files have to be saved somewhere, and that somewhere is called data storage.

Keys to Data Storage

You can store data in a variety of formats. The format you choose depends on your needs, the cost, and the form the data takes. Here are some factors to consider ...

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