Storage device

DroboAlternatively referred to as storage, storage media, or storage medium, a storage device is any hardware capable of holding information. There are two types of storage devices used in computers; a primary storage device, such as RAM, and a secondary storage device, like a hard drive. Secondary storage can be a removable, internal, or external storage. The picture shows an example of a Drobo, an external secondary storage device.

Without a storage device, your computer would not be able to save any settings or information and would be considered a dumb terminal. The following are some additional examples of storage devices that are used with computers.

Types of computer storage

When saving anything on a computer, it may ask you for a storage location, which is the area in which you would like to save the information. By default, most information is saved to your computer hard drive. If you want to move the information to another computer, save it to a removable storage device such as a Jump drive.

Tip: Keep in mind that although these devices do send and receive information, they are not considered an input or output device.

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Also see: CD terms, Cloud, Floppy drive terms, Hard drive terms, Memory terms, SAN, Non-volatile, Tape terms