Chapter 6. Storage Media

Storage Devices & Media

A Macintosh computer can read data from, or write data to, a wide range of storage devices and media, including:

  • Hard disks—high capacity magnetic media.

  • CD and DVD discs—high capacity, removable optical media.

  • Flash drives—small, relatively high capacity USB devices that are commonly used to move files from one computer to another.

  • RAID devices—extremely high capacity magnetic storage devices, normally used in business environments for servers or backup.

  • Other legacy magnetic media, including floppy disks, or diskettes, and Zip disks.

To use storage media, it must be:

  • Mounted—inserted, attached, or otherwise accessible to your computer.

  • Formatted or initialized—specially prepared for use with your computer. ...

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