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Memory Storage Devices

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Memory Storage Devices

Memory Storage Devices

shape Introduction

Storage devices are any type of hardware that is capable of storing and retrieving data. Most often these devices come in the form of hard drives or optical discs. There are two main categories of storage devices. Primary storage, such as RAM, is used by computer systems to temporarily store and retrieve data. Secondary storage devices, such as hard drives stores data permanently.

shape Concepts

  • Register can set flip- flops. These are very close to the CPU. The register is the fastest memory.

  • Cache memory can store important data, i.e., highly executed data. It is the fast and smallest memory.

  • It stores the data for immediate manipulations.

There are two types of storage memories:

Primary memory
It is also called as the main memory of the computer. It stores the instructions, operating system and data which required to run the computer. There are two types of primary memories.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
ROM (Read Only Memory)

It performs both read and writes operations on memory. It stores data for temporally.If power failures happened in systems during memory access then you will lose your data permanently. So, RAM is a volatile memory. RAM categorized into following types.

  1. DRAM
  2. SRAM

1. Dynamic RAM: Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of random-access memory used in computing devices. It is made up of capacitors and transistors. DRAM stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor or transistors and it has two states of value in one bit called 0 and 1.

  • DRAM is less expensive to produce than other RAMs

  • DRAM writes data at the byte-level and reads at the multiple-byte page level

  • DRAM requires less power than other RAMs

  • Static RAM

2. Static RAM: Static random access memory(SRAM) is a type of RAM that holds data in a static form, that is, as long as the memory has dynamic RAM, it does not need to be refreshed.

  • Static RAM provides faster access to data and is more expensive than DRAM

  • It is an expensive memory in which each cell must contain multiple transistors.

  • Static RAM does not use capacitors. The cache memory is implemented in the cache memory. It is an expensive memory in which each cell must contain multiple transistors.

  • SRAM is also highly recommended for use in PCs, peripheral equipment, printers, LCD screens, hard disk buffers, router buffers and buffers in CDROM / CDRW drives.

3. Rambus Dynamic RAM: Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory (RDRAM) is a memory subsystem designed to transfer data at faster rates. RDAM is made up of a random access memory (RAM), a RAM controller and a bus path that connect RAM to microprocessors and other PC devices. RDRAM is also known as Direct RDRAM or Rambus.

  • It is used in Video game consoles because its transfer rate of data is high compared all types of RAMs.

  • RDRAM densities are 128 Mbit and 256 Mbit.

ROM stands for read-only memory, stores information that can only be read. Modifying the data is difficult. ROM is also a type of non-volatile storage, which means that the information is stored even if the component loses power.

There are few basic ROM types:

  1. PROM
  2. EPROM
  3. EEPROM – Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
  4. Flash EEPROM memory

1. PROM: Creating ROM chips from scratch is time-consuming and very expensive in small quantities. For this reason, developers created a type of ROM known as programmable read-only memory (PROM). Blank PROM chips can be bought in low cost and coded by the user with a programmer while buffering.

  • It is used in digital electronic devices to store permanent data.

  • It is available in low cost as compared to other RAMs.

2. EPROM: EPOM (erasable programmable read-only memory) is programmable read-only memory (programmable ROM) that can be erased and re-used and it is a non-volatile memory.We can erase the data in this EPROM by using high voltage Ultraviolet light.

  • In EPROM we need to erase each and every cell.

  • We can’t erase data in RAM, PROM only we can erase data in EPROM.

3. EEPROM: EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) this can be erased and reprogrammed using an electrical charge. EEPROM was a replacement for PROM and EPROM chips and later it is used for computer’s BIOS.

  • EEPROM requires data to be written or erased one byte at a time

  • EEPROM are used to store configurations parameters and in modern computers, they replaced BIOS CMOS memory.

4. Flash EEPROM memory
Flash memory is a type of nonvolatile memory that erases data in units called blocks. A block stored on a flash memory chip must be erased before data can be written or programmed to the microchip.

  • It is more expensive than other hard drives and RAMSs.

  • It can be erased only limited number of times

Secondary memory device and their storage method and capacity

Secondary Memory Device Storage Capacity
Floppy Disk (5.25 inches) Magnetic 1.2 MB
Floppy Disk (3.5 inches) Magnetic 1.44 MB
Floppy Disk (3.55 inches) Magnetic 80 KB to 242 KB
Hard Disk Magnetic upto 1 TB
CD-ROM Optical 640 MB to 680 MB
DVD-ROM Optical 4.7 GB to 17 GB
Pen-Drive Solid State 1 GB to 512 GB
Magnetic tape Magnetic Upto 1 TB

Memory Measurement
The data is measured in term of bits in the memory.

  • A Bit is a single binary value that may be 0 or 1.

  • A Nibble is a group of 4 bits.

  • A Byte is a group of 8 bits and is equal to one character.

Name Size
1 bit Single digit 0 or 1
1 nibble 4 bits
1 byte 8 bits
1 Kilobyte(KB) 1024 Bytes
1 Megabyte(MB) 1024 KB
1 Gigabyte(GB) 1,024 MB
1 Terabyte(TB) 1,024 GB
1 Petabyte (PB) 1,024 TB
1 Exabyte (EB) 1,024 PB
1 Zetta byte (ZB) 1,024 EB
1 Yotta Byte (YB) 1,024 ZB
1 Bronto Byte 1,024 YB
1 Geop Byte 1,024 Bronto Byte

shape Questions

1. The full form of PB____.

  1. Penta Byte
  2. Platter Byte
  3. Plane Bits
  4. Penta Bits

Answer: A

2. Which of the following may consist maximum data?

  1. Optical disk
  2. Magnetic disk
  3. Magnetic tape
  4. Pen drive

Answer: C

3. Which of the following is the highest memory unit?

  1. Bit
  2. Byte
  3. Zetta
  4. GEOP

Answer: D

4. The computer memory can be measured in terms of

  1. KB
  2. GB
  3. MB
  4. ZB

Answer: B

5. The process of dividing the disk into tracks and sectors is called

  1. Tracking
  2. Allotting
  3. Crashing
  4. Formatting

Answer: D

6. The storage device that uses rigid, permanently installed magnetic disks to store data is

  1. Floppy
  2. Permanent Disk
  3. Optical Disk
  4. Hard Disk

Answer: D

7. _________ has smallest storage capacity

  1. FLOPPY Disk
  2. ZIP Disk
  3. Hard Disk
  4. CD

Answer: A

8. The capacity of 8-inch floppy disk _______.

  1. 80KB to 242 KB
  2. 120KB to 240 KB
  3. 70KB to 160 KB
  4. 180KB to 242 KB

Answer: A

9. A DVD is ____________.

  1. Hard disk
  2. Output device
  3. Solid state storage device
  4. Optical disk

Answer: D

10. Which of the following is the most common type of storage device?

  1. Steel
  2. Magnetic
  3. Optical
  4. Flash

Answer: B

11. What is the main directory of a disk called?

  1. Folder
  2. Network
  3. Sub
  4. Root

Answer: D

12. How do the hard disks record information?

  1. Propagation
  2. Magnetization
  3. Centrifugation
  4. Gravitation

Answer: B

13. The storage device that can be transported is _______.

  1. Diskette/CD’s
  2. Hard disk
  3. System cabinet
  4. Main memory

Answer: A

14. Which of the following is the storage device for multimedia?

  1. CAM
  2. The DVD/BD
  3. The hard disk
  4. Emulation

Answer: B

15. The non-volatile storage device is ________.

  1. Magnetic tape
  2. Floppy disk
  3. Compact disk
  4. All of the above

Answer: D