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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

 

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Hard Drives

In a personal computer, a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the device that stores the information used in the PC. This includes the Operating System, applications, system files, and documents and media files. The Hard Disk Drive is often shortened to just "Hard Drive" or "Hard Disk". The hard drive contains a number of platters(disks) which spin. An arm with a magnetic reader/writer swings back and forth across the disk to access the necessary data as it is requested.

HDD storage is measured by the manufacturer in Gigabytes (1 Billion Bytes). Most operating systems measure the size of the drive in Gibibytes (1,073,741,824 bytes), which explains why some of the drive space seems to be "lost" once the drive is actually installed. ATA is the most common drive interface for home PCs, with the older parallel-ATA, also known as IDE, ATAPI, EIDE, or UDMA are being phased out by the newer Serial ATA (SATA), which is faster, and has conveniently smaller connection cables.

Hard Drives by Company

3ware Inc
ACard Technology Corp
Acer Labs Incorporated (ALi)
Adaptec
Advanced System Products (AdvanSys)
AdvanSys
AGFA-Gevaert NV
American Megatrends Inc
ATI Technologies Inc
Benq Corp
Buslogic
Canon
Creative
Dell Computer Corp
DPT
DTC Technology Corp
Dura Micro Inc (Acomdata)
ENE Technology Inc
Future Domain
Future Domain Corp
Future domain corporation
Hewlett Packard
Highpoint Technologies Inc
Hitachi Ltd
IBM
ICP-Vortex Computersysteme GmbH
Infortrend Technology Inc
Initio Corp
Integrated Technology Express (ITE) Inc
Intel Corporation
JMTek LLC
LSI Logic
Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd)
Mellanox Technology
Microdia
Microsoft Corp
Microtek International Inc
Mustek Systems Inc
NEC
NVidia Corp
O2 Micro Inc
Pacific Digital Corp
Prolific Technology Inc
Promise Technology Inc
Qlogic
Ricoh Co Ltd
Seiko Epson Corp
ServerWorks (Was: Reliance Computer Corp)
Silicon Image Inc (Was: CMD Technology Inc)
Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS)
Sony Corporation
TEAC Corp
Tekram Technology Corp Ltd
UltraStor
UMAX Computer Corp
VIA Technologies Inc
Workbit Corp