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Build Your Own PC on a Budget: A DIY Guide for Hobbyists and Gamers by John Mueller

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Mounting Permanent Storage

The need to store data permanently has been evident since the beginning of modern computers. At one time, computer users relied on paper tape, punch cards, and magnetic tape. Of course, newer computers began using ever larger random access hard drives because they provide such a speed boost and the form factor is incredibly small compared to some other storage techniques. Modern computers rely on solid-state drives (SSDs) that are basically a special kind of RAM that emulates a hard drive and there is also optical storage. Future computers may rely on exotic techniques such as holographic data storage (see the article at http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/storage/whatever-happened-to-holographic-storage-1099304 ...

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