Different Types of Storage Devices November 7, 2016

Storage devices are integral to using electronic devices. Without storage devices, nothing would be saved and data would be lost as soon as it is no longer on the screen. Primary storage, RAM, is volatile. This means that it doesn’t save any data. As soon as the computer is switched off or the window is closed, you lose your data.

If you’re working with film, you’ll need a digital video storage device. Imagine editing your film and then losing all of the work because you only have RAM? It would be a frustrating disaster. There are many different types of storage devices. Firstly, you have the storage that is internally present in your devices. This is what you will automatically save your files to when you save them on your computer. In the cases of phones, you might have a removable memory card. This is also a storage device.

These forms of memory are becoming outdated with cloud storage being the new efficient way to store data. The only time old school storage devices really beat cloud storage is when your internet connection is very poor.

Or if you have older technology. For example, older stereos wouldn’t be able to connect to your phone or computer to play music. But most older stereos do have a USB jack that could be used. A USB is a storage device that works for small amounts of data, on average around 16 GB. This is great for music and a few films, but would never be able to store all of your data.

If you can’t use cloud storage and need to back up your computer, an external hard drive is the best option. These usually contain a storage space of a terabyte or more. This is great for manually backing up a computer.

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