Types of Magnetic Storage Devices

As we all know, there are numerous options available to us when it comes to storing data on our pcs. One of the most common and time proven methods of data storage has been with magnetic storage media. From hard disk drives and solid-state drives to data tape drives, magnetic storage devices have only improved in both capacity and speed since their initial development. Even as more innovative storage methods increase in popularity, magnetic storage media will always play a key role in data storage.

If you were around to witness the pc revolution in the 1980s and 1990s the you most certainly remember floppy disks. Well unknown to many, magnetic tape storage has been in existence well before floppy disks. Magnetic tape data storage is a system for storing digital information on magnetic tape using a digital recording. Mainly used for back up storage, the tape drive has been a necessity in the corporate world.

Now capable of backing up to 30 terabytes of data, modern magnetic tape is commonly packaged in cartridges. A common cartridge-based format is Linear Tape-Open (LTO), which comes in a variety of densities and is manufactured by several companies.

The hard drive is considered the brain of the computer. Even today, a majority of hard drives are magnetic. The hard drive is where the computer’s operating system and programs are located. Without a hard drive, a user’s PC would have to run off a disk, substantially slowing the system down.