Magnetic media

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Any storage medium that utilizes magnetic patterns to represent information is considered magnetic media. Good examples of a magnetic media and magnetic storage is a tape drive, floppy diskette, and hard drive.

Magnetic media with hard drive read/write head

Above is an example of the read/write head inside a hard drive. The electromagnetic write head polarizes tiny sections of the hard drive so they face up or down ("North" or "South") to represent the binary digits 1 or 0. The read head detects the polarization of each section of the drive to understand the data that was written.

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