Data is increasingly becoming the cornerstone of our society in terms of communications, information storage, and productivity. As such, it is vital that it be handled correctly, whether it is being s
Data is increasingly becoming the cornerstone of our society in terms of communications, information storage, and productivity. As such, it is vital that it be handled correctly, whether it is being stored, protected or moved around. Furthermore, as the capacities of hard disks get bigger and bigger, and the files larger and larger, older technologies, like the venerable floppy disk, are slipping further into obsolescence. This month, we look at your alternatives in terms of removable storage, covering a variety of tasks.
If you are dealing with relatively small amounts
of data, ranging from a few megabytes to a gigabyte or so, then the floppy disk, with its pitiful 1.44Mb capacity, arduous access time and transfer speed, and low level of reliability, simply cannot cut the mustard. So for tasks such as short-term storage, basic archiving and backup, and for moving larger-than-floppy files around, we look at the latest in removable disk technology. These devices usually utilise some sort of magnetic or magneto-optical media, and generally feature fast access times, high data transfer rates and easy portability. The Imation SuperDisk even features legacy floppy-compatibility, allowing you to replace your floppy drive all together.
On the other end of the spectrum are the tape drives on test this month. These drives offer massive storage capacities of up to 40Gb compressed, although, having linear media, they are limited in terms of data access speeds and transfer rates compared to the disk drives. These devices are ideal for backing up your valuable data in case of accidental deletion, damage or even theft, and can be a life- or business-saver if they are ever needed. Long-term storage is also a use of these drives, which can be used to effectively archive massive amounts of data for a relatively low overall cost.
So if you are fed up with spanning several floppies just to move a file around, or you have put some thought into protecting and backing up your businesss data, we show you the options and let you decide which is best for your needs.
Technical Editor Tim Dean
Contributors Jamie Dickson, David Neiger,
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This Group Test appeared in the November, 2000 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine