Alternatively referred to as storage, storage media, or storage medium, a storage device is any hardware device capable of holding information. There are two storage devices used in computers; a primary storage device such as computer RAM and a secondary storage device such as a computer hard drive. The secondary storage could 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. Below, are some additional examples of storage devices that are used with computers.
Types of computer storage
- Floppy diskette
- CD-ROM disc
- CD-R and CD-RW disc
- Cloud storage
- DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW disc
- Jump drive and USB flash drive
- Hard drive
- Memory card
- Memory stick
- Tape cassette
- Zip diskette
When saving anything on the computer the computer may prompt you for the storage location, which is where you want to save the information. By default most of the information you save will be 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 drives do send and receive information, they are not considered an input or output device. The proper term is a "storage device" or if it's a medium such as a disk or disc it would be referred to as a "storage medium."