With the advent of the internet and cloud computing, storage devices seen to be facing a quiet extinction. Various storage devices could be used for offline information storage, especially useful for when there is not internet connection, and also doubles up as good data backup. In this article, we look at some of the common storage devices that everyone should be familiar with.
Everyday storage devices
CD, VCD, and DVD
These are optical storage devices that are disc shaped and used mostly to store multimedia data. The CD seems to have been phased out by the VCD ad DVD. The VCD is especially suitable for storing audio files and the DVD larger video files. All computers support the technology. Most laptops come with an optical drive to read this storage unit. If the drive is not present, one can acquire USB based one and use them instead. The VCD has 700 MB of space and the DVD 4.7 GB. They are write-once meaning that once data has been written on them, no more can be added. In some cases, there are some that are re-writable.
Also known as thumb drives, flash drives are pretty standard. They are used to transfer all sorts of files and media. Their small size makes them portable and convenient for use in multiple devices. They also come with all kinds of capacities, ranging from 1 to 64 GB. These storage devices are crucial to know as they are used almost in all environments. For instance, they are employed in the office to transfer files from one department to another or use to hold videos to watch later on the TV. On the downside, they are the primary carriers of malware and viruses so make sure to have a proper anti-malware and anti-virus utilities installed in your computer before using this storage device.
Mechanical drives are declining in use especially with the introduction f SSD. While they tend to be slower and bulky, they have earned their place by getting us by since the invention of computers. These days, the drives are housed in an external casing that containers a controller that allows the drives to run via USB, making them portable and reliable. These drives are quickly phasing out and owning one will be a real relic to marvel in the future.
These are some of the storage devices everyone should know by heart. As technology continues to advance, it is possible for these devices to be renders obsolete like the floppy disk, so make use of them while you still can.