In computer storage, some types of removable media are designed to be read to or written to by removable readers, writers and drives.
- Optical discs (Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs)
- Memory cards (CompactFlash card, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick)
- Zip disks/other Floppy disks
- Disk packs
- Magnetic tapes
- Paper data storage (punched cards, punched tapes)
Some removable media readers and drives are integrated into computers, others are themselves removable.
Removable media may also refer to some removable storage devices, when they are used to transport or store data. Examples include:
- USB flash drives
- External hard disk drives; traditional IDE, EIDE, SCSSI, and SSD, for example
- Devices that are common today may include
Floppy Disk Storage
Storage is intended to be used to access data that is access less often. Memory on the other hand is used to access data that is used on a more frequent basis. One of the problems with the earliest computers was how to store data. In the 1950's the International Business Machines (IBM) was trying to solve this problem.
The first floppy disk was developed under the supervision of Alan Shugart in the late 1960's. The floppy disk was not introduced to the public until the 1970's by IBM. But, like any man-made product the floppy disk came with its pros and cons, such as it being cheap and portable while also having severely limited data storage.
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