A Computer Drive is a computer component used to store data. It may be a static storage device(Internal) or may use removable media(External). It is a location (medium) that is capable of storing and reading information that is not easily removed, like a disk or disc. Over the past several decades, drives have evolved along with other computer technologies. The CD-ROM Drive is usually the last drive letter, so in most situations, the hard drive is the C and we can make partition of it. Removable drive CD-ROM. The system assign a letter for identifying it.
When a Computer stores data on its hard drive, it doesn’t just throw magnetized nails into a box, all jumbled up together. The data is stored in a very orderly pattern on each platter. Bits/Bytes of data are arranged in concentric, circular paths called tracks. Each track is broken up into smaller areas called sectors.
+ Bernoulli Drive
+ Floppy Disk Drive
+ Zip Drive
+ Flash Drive.
+ Hard Disk Drive
+ Local Drive
+ Network Drive
+ Solid State Drive (SSD)
+ Tape Drive
+ Virtual Drive
A Bernoulli Drive is a removable disk storage system technology that was released by Iomega Corporation in 1983. The device was a 10MB removable disk drive that contained an eight-inch floppy platter. In its time, the Bernoulli disk drive was considered high-capacity. A Bernoulli disk drive may also be referred to as a Bernoulli Box.
A Floppy Disk is a magnetic handy storage medium for computer systems. It is a portable computer storage device that permits easy handling of data. It is composed of a thin, flexible magnetic disk sealed in a square plastic carrier. Commonly used with personal computers, notebook computers, and word processors.
A Zip Drive system consists of a disk drive with a slot for a Zip disk. It is a portable disk drive used primarily for backing up and archiving personal computer files. A Zip Disk is about the same size as a 3 ½-inch floppy, but much thicker. The plastic casing is also much stronger.
A Flash Drive is a type of portable, ultra-portable storage device which, unlike an optical drive or a traditional USB Drive that stores and transfers data. It work like floppies and you can read, write, copy, delete and move data from USB Flash Drives to your hard disk drive and back again.
A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a non-volatile computer storage device containing magnetic disks or platters rotating at high speeds and store data as per users instruction. It store/hold more data and are faster than Floppy Disks. It is a secondary storage device used to store data permanently.
A Local Drive or Local Disk is a hard drive or SSD that is installed inside or connected to your computer. It is not a part of any another computer on a network. The DVD-RW Drive is a local disc drive, however, it is considered removable media.
A Network Drive is a drive to share on another computer or server on the same network (e.g., LAN). It is a storage device on a Local Access/Area Network (LAN) within a business or home to share files and store files without using up computer resources. If the drive has enough capacity, it can also be used to back up all the computers on the network.
A Solid State Drive (SSD) is a type of mass storage device similar to a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). It is fast and better current technology this has begun to replace Hard Disk Drives. It supports reading and writing data and maintains stored data in a permanent state even without power. The same operating system is installed on the drive, which is used before.
A Tape Drive is a data storage device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape. A Tape is a magnetically thin coated piece of plastic wrapped around wheels capable of storing data. Magnetic Tape data storage is typically used for offline, archival data storage. Tape media generally has a favorable unit cost and a long archival stability.
Virtual Drives are most commonly used by VMs to store operating system and application files, as well as data. However, Virtual Disk files are also sometimes used by snapshot tools, backup applications and archival products. It’s just like a Physical Hard Disk Drive(HDD), and it may contain disk partitions, file systems, and other files and folders. The primary function of a virtual hard disk is to allow multiple operating systems to reside on a single machine used as a host system.
In the next topic, we are discussing about the Computer Files And Folder.