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1 Secondary Storage Devices
Magnetic media Tape Disks Optical Media Compact Discs CD-R, WORM (Write Once, Read Many) CD-RW DVD DVD-R DVD-RW

2 Magnetic Tape What is magnetic tape? Thin layer of material capable of storing a magnetic signal Usually contains Iron Oxide Protected by backing layer called the “Substrate”

3 Examples of Magnetic Media
Some you are probably familiar with: Cassette tapes VHS video tape Computer Tape 8-track DAT

4 Pros and Cons of Magnetic Tape
Inexpensive to store large amounts of information. A reel of tape could store as much as 225 MB in the early 1980s. No other storage technology could compare to the price of tape Sequential access – Slow access Tapes are highly susceptible to magnetic fields and changes in temperature and humidity Tapes are also susceptible to physical damage Tape miss-feeds Magnetic particle instabilities Substrate deformation

5 Magnetic Tape Uses Today
Today, tape based systems are usually used for backup purposes only. Tape still provides the most cost effective method of storing larger amounts of backup information Reliable as long as temperature is kept low and humidity conditions are kept right. Although hard disks are increasingly used as a backup mechanism, tapes are portable. Backups can be taken off-site for greater risk prevention

6 Hard Disks Today, most people use Hard Disks for secondary storage The basic technology used in hard disks is similar to that of magnetic tape Magnetic material is layered onto a high-precision aluminum disk The disk head can move to any point on the platter almost instantly compared to tape With tape, the head touches the tape. With disks, the head never touches the platter Tape moves at approx 5 cm/s. Disk platters move at up to 7500 cm/s (272 km/h!)

7 Hard Disks To increase capacity, a hard disk will usually contain several platters

8 Hard Disks The heads never touch the platters, but they are very close. This makes hard disks susceptible to mechanical shock.

9 Storing Information on a Hard Disk
Each platter is broken up into tracks and sectors Tracks are concentric circles on the disk Each track is broken up into a series of sectors Track (yellow ring) Sector (yellow ring between the lines)

10 Sectors and Blocks Sectors are further broken up into blocks A block is a fixed size unit of storage 512 bytes/block is most commonly used 1024 bytes/block is common with SCSI disks 2048 bytes/block is used with CDs If the user stores onto the hard disk a file which is larger than the block size, then multiple blocks are used.

11 Blocks and Files If a file takes up multiple blocks, it is necessary to keep track of which blocks comprise that file Each block is assigned an address The location of a “file” is stored in what is called a “File Allocation Table” (or FAT) When the hard disk is formatted, several blocks are reserved so that the Operating System can manage where files are stored on the disk FATs are often used to keep track of the filename and directory as well.

12 Filesystems Files are managed within a “filesystem” The filesystem defines how and where files are stored within a hard disk (or partition) Common filesystems include: FAT16 (MSDOS) VFAT (Windows 95) FAT32 (Windows 98) NTFS (Windows NT) UFS (UNIX) ext2/ext3 (Linux) ISO9660 (CD Roms)

13 Filesystems When a disk is formatted, a filesystem is placed on the disk The filesystem reserves space for the FAT. The remaining space is available for files When a file is to be saved into the filesystem, the system looks for the best location to save the file It is usually best to save the file in contiguous blocks. If the disk is nearly full, it may not have enough contiguous blocks to save the file. In that case, the filesystem will place the file wherever it can find space.

14 Deleting Files In order to make the delete operation faster, when a file is deleted ONLY the FAT is updated. The actual data still remains on the disk This is why it MAY be possible to recover a file which has been removed. The FAT is told that the blocks where the file was stored are now available for writing The data will remain until another file is stored in the same blocks. As more files are written on the disk, it is less likely that a delete file can be recovered.

15 Hard Disk Fragmentation
When files are deleted, their blocks are open for writing. What if the next file which is written in the same blocks is larger than the file which was originally written there? The system has to break the file up into pieces throughout the filesystem This is called fragmentation. It considerably slows the access of files. Most modern Filesystems contain automatic defragmentation utilities.

16 Hey! Wait a minute! When you purchase a hard disk, the manufacturer indicates its capacity. When you format that hard disk, you’ll notice that its capacity is less than what the manufacturer told you. Formatting the disk requires space for the FAT Manufacturers use decimal numbers to represent number of bytes 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes There is a class action suit currently filed against the major disk manufacturers because of this

17 Floppy Disks Floppy disks are similar to hard disks Because the medium is “floppy”, the disks cannot operate at the same speeds as a hard disk. Floppy disks are older technology which haven’t received a lot of attention since the late 1980s. Their capacity hasn’t increased much Many computers today do not even come with floppy disk drives anymore.

18 Floppy Disk History The first floppy disks were 8 Inches in diameter The held about 256 K The next generation were 5.25 inches in diameter Could hold up to 1.44 MB The next generation were 3.5 inches in diameter These disks are held within a hard plastic case A spring loaded flap protects the disk from dust and greasy fingers. Could hold up to 2.88 MB

19 Zip / Jaz Disks Similar to floppy disks They are removable Their platters are made of a hard material Can operate at higher speeds than floppies. Newer standards hold more data Most people have outgrown floppy disks

20 Optical Media Optical disks are very much like hard disks Hard disks store information using magnetic material Bits are stored by changing the magnetic properties of the magnetic material Bits are read by picking up the tiny magnetic field with a read head Optical disks store information as pits in a physical medium A laser is used to determine if a pit is present or not.

21 CD Roms use the same technology as audio Compact Discs.
A master disc is created. Copies of the disc are created through a pressing process The discs are aluminum sandwiched between plastic CDs are single sided. Label Acrylic Aluminum Plastic

22 CD Roms must be pressed. They are read only
CDR discs can be written once and read many times CDRs are made out of aluminum and plastic, but also contain a dye layer This dye is modified by a laser when the disc is being written The laser heats up the dye and it becomes non-reflective Label Acrylic Aluminum Dye Plastic

23 Storing Information on a CD
Because CDs were originally intended for audio output, there is a single track of data which spirals out from the center of the disc

24 CD-RW is similar to CD-R
The main difference is that the dye can be made reflective again through an erase process In this way, CD-RW discs can be written many times Too much erasing, and the dye starts to fade. Label Acrylic Aluminum Dye Plastic

25 DVD – Digital Versatile Disk
DVDs hold approx 7 times the information that CDs do in the same amount of storage space DVDs come in 3 types Single Sided/Single Layer (4.7 GB) Single Sided/Double Layer (8.5 GB) Double Sided/Double Layer (17 GB) DVD uses a laser with a shorter wavelength so the pits are smaller More pits can be stored on a DVD Narrower track

26 DVD – Multiple Layers Each side of a DVD can contain 2 layers, doubling the amount of data that can be stored One layer is semi-transparent. The laser can be focused “through” that layer onto the second layer. If you took the track off of a single layer of a DVD and stretched it out into a straight line, it would be 7.5 miles long! If you did the same with a double layer, double sided disc, the track would stretch to over 30 miles!

27 DVD-R and DVD-RW These two technologies are still relatively new and still fairly expensive. DVD-R and DVD-RW use similar techniques as CD-R and CD-RW A dye layer is used for data writing The dye layer in DVD-RW is erasable

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