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Disk: Do you speak geek?

Think you know disk? Take our quick quiz and see how you measure up on our disk geek-o-meter.

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1. This stores and provides relatively quick access to large amounts of data on an electromagnetically charged surface or set of surfaces.
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2. This is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks. By placing data on multiple disks, I/O operations can overlap in a balanced way, improving performance.
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3. This is a CD format that increases the storage capacity of the disk through means such as increasing the number of tracks and pits.
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4. This was the first widely-installed operating system for personal computers. Earlier, the same name had been used for an IBM operating system for a line of business computers.
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5. This is a variation of disk mirroring in which each of multiple storage disks has its own SCSI controller.
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6. In computers that use multiple hard disk systems, this is the process of dividing a body of data into blocks and spreading the data blocks across several partitions on several hard disks.
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7. This is an approach to computer storage backup and archiving in which data is initially copied to backup storage on a disk storage system and then periodically copied again to a tape storage system (or possibly to an optical storage system).
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8. This disk doesn't have the usual carbon-based material found on other types of hard disks. It lets the read/write head get closer to the surface, allowing more data to be stored in a given space.
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9. This is a mechanism for improving the time it takes to read from or write to a hard disk.
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10. This technology provides an alternative to tape libraries that is cheaper than conventional disk architectures.
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This was last published in February 2005

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