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Take Control of Your Digital Storage by Jeff Carlson

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Understand Storage

Generally speaking, computer storage comes in two forms: hard drives and solid-state memory. Those can exist inside the computer, outside the computer (in external cases connected by a cable, or flash memory drives and cards), or as memory chips soldered directly to the computer’s main logic board. This chapter looks at the structural details of how they work, which we will build on for other topics.

Hard Drives

The term hard drive has become a catch-all for nearly any type of computer storage, but in the context of this book, I’m talking about the traditional, spinning-platter media that has been the standard for decades. A hard drive (sometimes referred to as a hard disk drive, or HDD) is a self-contained box that includes ...

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