Magnetic media

Updated: 12/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Any storage medium that utilizes magnetic patterns to represent information is considered magnetic media. Examples of a magnetic media and magnetic storage are 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.

All devices that use magnetic media

Below are devices in alphabetical order that use magnetic media to store, save, and write information. Clicking any of the following links give you further information about each device.

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