• September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    packet writing

    Packet writing is a technology that enables the writing of data to a recordable compact disk (CD-R) incrementally, in multiple small blocks of data, rather than in a single block (as in disk-at-once recording), or in blocks defined by tracks (as in ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    optical media

    Optical media - such as the compact disk (CD) - are storage media that hold content in digital form and that are written and read by a laser; these media include all the various CD and DVD variations, as well as optical jukeboxes and autochangers.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    storage

    In a computer, storage is the place where data is held in an electromagnetic or optical form for access by a computer processor.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    RAS (row address strobe)

    In computer memory technology, RAS (row address strobe) is a signal sent to a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) that tells it that an associated address is a row address.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    defragmenter

    A defragmenter is a software utility that rearranges the fragments or discontiguous parts of each file stored on a computer hard disk so that the small, empty storage spaces adjacent to fragments can be used, effectively creating new storage space ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Common Internet File System (CIFS)

    The Common Internet File System (CIFS) is a legacy file-sharing protocol that is used to access files located on remote systems.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    phase change

    Phase change is a type of compact disk (CD) recording technology that enables the disks to be written, erased, and rewritten through the use of a layer of a special material (called the phase change layer) that can be changed repeatedly from an ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    FICON (Fiber Connectivity)

    FICON (for Fiber Connectivity) is a high-speed input/output (I/O) interface for mainframe computer connections to storage devices.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Super Audio CD (SACD)

    Super Audio Compact Disk (SACD) is a high-resolution audio CD format.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO)

    CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO) is a compact disc format that uses magnetic fields for data storage.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    bus

    In a computer or on a network, a bus is a transmission path on which signals are dropped off or picked up at every device attached to the line.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    holographic storage (holostorage)

    Holographic storage is computer storage that uses laser beams to store computer-generated data in three dimensions.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface)

    ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) specifies how an application program can communicate with a SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) device through a common SCSI device driver.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    nonvolatile storage (NVS)

    Also see our Fast Guide to RAM. Nonvolatile (sometimes written as "non-volatile") storage (NVS) - also known as nonvolatile memory or nonvolatile random access memory (NVRAM) - is a form of static random access memory whose contents are saved when a...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    switching fabric

    Switching fabric is the combination of hardware and software that moves data coming in to a network node out by the correct port (door) to the next node in the network.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    DVD (digital video disk)

    DVD is an optical disc technology with a 4.7 gigabyte storage capacity on a single-sided, one-layered disk, which is enough for a 133-minute movie.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    diskette (floppy disk)

    A diskette is a random access, removable data storage medium that can be used with personal computers.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    FPM DRAM (Fast Page Mode DRAM)

    Prior to newer forms of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), FPM DRAM (Fast Page Mode DRAM) was the most common kind of DRAM in personal computers.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    EDO RAM (extended data output RAM)

    EDO (extended data output) RAM is a type of random access memory (RAM) chip that improves the time to read from memory on faster microprocessors such as the Intel Pentium.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    nonvolatile memory

    Also see our Fast Guide to RAM. Nonvolatile memory is a general term for all forms of solid state (no moving parts) memory that do not need to have their memory contents periodically refreshed.  Continue Reading

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