Magnetic disks tend to come in two varieties: the hard metal platters inside hard drives and the more flexible magnetic platters inside floppy disks. As of 2014, most hard drives use either 3.5- or 2.5-inch platters, while the only floppies still in use are 3.5-inch designs.Know More
Hard drives designed for use in desktop PCs tend to use the 3.5-inch form factor, while the smaller 2.5-inch drives are designed for use in laptops. Some specialty desktop designs, especially mini ITX systems and small machines, may also use the 2.5-inch form factor to save space.
While 3.5-inch floppy disks are still manufactured as of 2014, most computers do not ship with a floppy drive installed, and many motherboards do not even support the technology anymore.Learn more about Digital Storage
The types of computer storage devices include floppy disks, USB flash drives, memory cards, memory sticks, tape cassettes, zip cassettes, computer hard drives, CDs and DVDs. Storage devices are used to store data from computers and can be classified as removable or non-removable.Full Answer >
In most cases, magnetic storage devices refer to hard drives, either internally mounted or external and portable. Inside are a series of magnetic platters, and a read-write head alters the magnetic field to create a one or a zero in binary language.Full Answer >
The term "magnetic media" is used to refer to any storage medium that uses magnetic patterns to record information. Good examples of magnetic media include computer and video tapes, hard drives and floppy discs.Full Answer >
As of 2014, most computer storage media comes in three forms: magnetic, optical and flash. Magnetic media includes internal and external hard drives, although there are still a few formats that use magnetic tape or removable disks. Optical media includes CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. Flash memory storage involves USB drives, SD and other flash memory cards, and solid-state hard drives.Full Answer >