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Section 3:
Storage Devices and Media
The course syllabus states that you should be able to:
Describe the following common backing storage media and their associated devices:
Fixed hard discs, Portable hard discs, Magnetic tapes, Optical backing storage media such as CDs and DVDs, CD ROM/DVD ROM, CD R/DVD R,
CD RW/DVD RW, DVD RAM, Blu-ray, Solid state backing storage, Memory sticks/Pen drives, Flash memory cards
Identify typical uses of the storage media, including types of access (e.g. serial/sequential, direct/random) and access speeds

Candidates should be able to:

Describe the comparative advantages and disadvantages of using different backing storage media
Define the term backup and describe the need for taking backups
Describe the difference between main/internal memory and backing storage, stating the relative benefits of each in terms of speed and permanence

This section is broken down into 7 parts. (Click links to visit each page)

Revision Practice for Section 3:
The links to the right contain some revision questions and mind maps that will help prepare you for the section 1 exam.

The 'fill in the blanks' link takes you to a Microsoft Word document which contains a wide-range of questions designed to test your knowledge on Types and Components of Computer Systems. You complete the document by filling in the blanks with words from the list.

The answers to the fill in the blanks task can be found on pages 3 - 4 of the document. Make sure you attempt the questions yourself before looking at the answers. Any mistakes you make should be corrected.

The 'multiple choice self marking practice test' will present you with a series of exam style questions in a multiple choice format. When you complete the test you will given a score and grade. you will also be given the answers to questions that you may have gotten wrong. You should use this to help you correct any mistakes you make have made.

The mind maps are diagrams which give you sharp and to-the-point revision information on all of the topics covered during this section.
Practice Questions

Mind Maps