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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 also 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)
Practice Questions and Games
Storage Devices - Game 1
Practice Questions and Games
Storage Devices - Game 2
Practice Questions and Games
Storage Units - Game 1
Storage Units - Game 2

Learning Objectives
Learning Objectives

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 quiz' 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

Links to Theory Units:
Section 4: Networks and the Effects of using them
Section 6: ICT Applications
Section 7: The Systems Life Cycle
Section 8: Safety and Security
Section 9: Audience
Section 10: Communication
Links to Practical Units:
Section 11: File Management
Section 12: Images
Section 13: layout
Section 14: Styles
Section 15: Proofing
Section 16: Graphs and Charts
Section 17: Document Production
Section 18: Data Manipulation
Section 19: Presentations
Section 20: Data Analysis
Section 21: Website Authoring