Chapter 5. Working with Storage

Exam Objectives

  • Understanding hard drive terminology

  • Discovering IDE devices

  • Learning how SCSI works

  • The serial ATA hype

  • Using removable storage

  • Working with file systems and partitions

One of the primary responsibilities of a PC technician is managing hard disks. This responsibility involves more than just partitioning and formatting disks; it also entails installing disks into the computer system and configuring the system to recognize the newly added disks.

In this chapter, you discover the skills that you need for installing, configuring, and troubleshooting hard disks. I introduce you to a new world of terminology related to hard disk installation and configuration, along with other types of storage like CD-ROMs and DVDs.

In this chapter, I also make sure that you understand the difference between IDE, SCSI, and serial ATA devices. You also see the steps required to install and configure IDE master/slave devices in a chain and the steps required to install a SCSI bus.

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