If there’s two things that I know are main concepts of a working computer, it would be processing, and storage. There are a bunch more components that make up a computer, but at the moment, I’ll only be focusing on storage which is important since it’s what the computer relies on to do previous tasks and pull up old information. There’s three types of storage devices for a computer: Internal, External, and Cloud. Extra information about each storage device can be found with the links in each category below!
Internal storage devices are hard drives that stores a computer’s application and information. All data placed in the internal storage devices are directly in the computer’s memory. This means that the only way to retrieve that info again would be to use that specific device where it is stored. This makes internal storage devices pretty limiting and therefore not always depended on. An example of an internal storage would be a Flash Memory. It’s a very common internal storage device that stores info electronically.
External storage devices are drives that aren’t originally found in a computer’s system. There’s many types of external storage devices that can be removable, or accessed through a wired connect. The main purpose of the storage device is to hold extra memory outside of a computer’s storage; and it doesn’t cost much to do it. This type of storage device is very common and be something small like a usb drive, to something as big as an external hard drive.
Instead of having a tangible storage device, Cloud storage devices uses the internet to send a user’s data to a remote memory database. Because the memory is held in a database network, one’s info can be retrieved anywhere they find Internet access. No need to use a physical storage drive, or one computer that is storing the data. Now it’s virtually everywhere and ready to be retrieved at any random time. This type of storage cam contribute to group projects, where their work and be accessed and transferred to any person easily.
Each type of storage device is very convenient in their own way and the decision on what storage device to use depends on they type of work done, and comfortably. One for quick storage in the computer, another to physically take and retrieve on any device. And of course one that can be digitally accessed wherever there is Internet. Each storage device comes with their own issues and risks, but they all have something to contribute. And that’s memory storage! The End!