Mass Storage Technologies Course

Make sure you're storing things the smart way with this course on mass storage technologies, including solid state drives, magnetic disk drives and SCSI.

39 minutes

Course description

Useful information isn't useful for long unless you can retain and store it. There are many different types of mass storage used today, including hard drives, solid state drives and optical media. But what’s the difference, and what should you know about them? Dig into the topic of mass storage technologies and look at magnetic disk drives, solid state drives, boot order, SCSI and more.


Boot Order

Video - 00:07:00

Today’s computers often use multiple mass storage devices, and it's critical that the system boots from the right device.

Video - 00:03:00

Despite its age, Small Computer System Interface drives still appear in niche systems, and it's important to recognize them and where they’re used today.
Solid State Drives

Video - 00:08:00

While Solid State Drives (SSDs) are quickly replacing HDDs for mass storage needs on almost all computers, they come with their own maintenance needs.
Magnetic Disk Drives

Video - 00:08:00

A good tech understands how the venerable hard disk drive media works and understands magnetic media’s unique needs.
Introduction to Mass Storage

Video - 00:13:00

Mass storage (disk drives and solid-state drives) store the operating system and applications, but despite the different technologies, systems talk to these many devices in similar ways.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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