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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Hard Disk Drive

What is the Hard Disk Drive?

The magnetic hard disk drive (HDD) is a direct access data storage device that, like all magnetic storage devices, uses small magnetized areas (called bits) on the rigid magnetic disks to store information. For details on the basic design and operating principles of the HDD, see Chapter 3.

Who are the Main Manufacturers of Hard Disk Drives?

Not very many companies survived years of the fierce technological competition and ruthless price wars. Today, there are only eight companies left: Seagate, IBM, Quantum/Maxtor (merged recently), Western Digital, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, and Fujitsu.

What is the Price Range I Should be Looking For?

The price of HDD storage is falling rapidly thanks to tough competition ...

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