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How Computers Work, Ninth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Part 4. Data Storage

Data Storage
Data Storage
Data Storage
 

The beauty of mechanical problems is that they are often visible to the naked and untrained eye. If white smoke is rising from a disk drive, that is probably where the problem lies (unless your disk drive has just elected the new Pope).

 
 --John Bear, Computer Wimp

THE problem that always faces computer engineers is this: When the programs, data, and calculations that computers use aren’t needed for a while, where do you keep them? ...

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