KEY COMPUTERS Computer Storage Why is storage needed in a computer? Without a storage device, a computer cannot save or remember any settings or information and would be considered a dumb terminal. Although a computer can run with no storage device, it would only be able to view information unless it was connected to another computer that had storage capabilities. Even a task such as browsing the Internet requires information to be stored on your computer. Why so many different storage devices? As computers advance, so do the requirements for storage space and the technologies used to store data. Because people need more and more space, want it faster, cheaper, and want to take it with them, new technologies have to be invented. When new storage devices are designed, as people upgrade to those new devices the older devices are no longer needed and stop being used.
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1, Dropbox 2, Google Drive 3, Mega 4, Microsoft OneDrive 5, Apple iCloud 5. Re-writable CD’s - These are devices that look exactly like a CD, except you can store information on them. They are often used to store music, text files, photos, and other data. If you need more storage space and are not sure what device would be best for you, then contact Computer City for great advice! We stock a large selection of computer storage devices and can also help you set up online storage if you are not sure how to go about doing so.
Different Types of Computer Storage Devices There are a number of different computer storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives, smart cards, rewritable CD’s, and even online storage sites. Floppy and ZIP disks are rarely used. 1. Flash drives - Also known as thumb drives (because of their size) or USB drives (because of the port they connect to), flash drives are the premiere way to store data in a compact and portable fashion. Flash drives range in data capacity from 64 megabytes of 64gigabytes. 2. External hard drives - they are exactly like the hard drive on any computer, except they are outside of your computer. They usually connect through a USB port (similar to flash drives), are designed either for desktops or laptops and have a storage capacity of up to 4 terabytes. 3. Smart cards - also known as memory cards. The usage and types of smart cards have evolved over the years from primary usage in laptops to cell phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s). 4. Online storage - Also called ‘remote backup’, online storage sites allow you to store information on their servers. Here is a list of 5 online storage providers around today.
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