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This section covers the wide range of storage devices including floppy and hard disks and drives, tape drives and optical disks, CD ROMs, DVD and more

CD-ROM | CD Recorders | Disk Controllers | Disk Storage | DVD Device | Floppy Disk | Hard Disk | Media (Disk and Tape) | Optical Disk | Tape Drive |

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 Buyers' Center - CD-ROM Drives (
 CD-Recordable FAQ
 CD-Recordable FAQ (Andy McFadden)
  "This document attempts to answer Frequently Asked Questions about CD-Recordable technology and related fields. It is a Usenet newsgroup FAQ, updated and posted around the middle of each month. The main foci are explaining CD-R technology, describing hardware and software solutions for creating audio CDs and CD-ROMs, and helping people find solutions to common problems."
 CD-ROM and Disk Drives - Drivers (Drivers HeadQuarters)
 CD-ROM Related information (CD Archive)
 CD Information Center (The CD-Info Company)
  This is a good reference point to learn the basics about Compact Disc development, production technology and the industry
 CDROM on a LAN - FAQ (Steven Kirby)
   Dedicated to use of CDROM products in LAN environments and problems of networking various products. No limits on types of CDROM products (indexes, databases, encyclopedias, etc.) or type of LAN product (Banyan, Novell, etc.).
 Compact Disc Terminology (The CD-Info Company)
 SIGCAT - SIG for CD/DVD Applications and Technology
  Founded in 1986, SIGCAT is the world's largest users group dedicated to educating the public and promoting the growth of applications based on CD and DVD technologies.
 Terms and definitions - CD-ROMs (PC Webopedia)
  See this page for definition of these terms: ATAPI, caddy, CAV, CD-I (Compact Disc-Interactive), CD-R drive, CD-ROM, CD-ROM player, CD-ROM/XA, CD-RW disk, CDFS, CLV, COLD, compact disc, disc, erasable optical disk, floptical, Green Book, LIMDOW, magneto-optical (MO) drive, MSCDEX, MultiRead, optical disk, Orange Book, quad-speed CD-ROM drive, Red Book, seek time, spindle, White Book, WORM, Yellow_Book
CD Recorders
 Buyers' Center: CD Recorders - specifications and prices
Disk Controllers
 IDE Controllers - Drivers (Drivers HeadQuarters)
 SCSI Controllers - Drivers (Drivers Headquarters)
 SCSI Controllers - Drivers (Drivers Headquarters)
 SCSI Supplier List (SCSI Trade Association)
  The SCSI Supplier List has been compiled by the STA as a partial list of SCSI Manufacturers
 TheRef (tm) Controller Guide (F. Robert Falbo)
Disk Storage Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  This is the master index to the Frequently Asked Questions lists, covering Hard Disk Drives, Tape Drives, Removable Disks, Solid State Disks and Miscellaneous Storage (holographic, etc.), RAID devices and Related Topics, Device Interfaces, Storage Software, Autochangers, Libraries, Jukeboxes, Misc. Topics (MTBF, compression, etc.)
 CompInfo Directory: Storage Management
 Data Storage - storage device technology and manufacture (pennNET)
  This site covers information about new products, as well as in-depth editorial coverage of technical and business news in the storage device industry.
 Data Storage Company Links (DISK/TREND, Inc)
  This site lists companies manufacturing optical and magnetic disk drives, PC Card removable flash, ferroelectric, optical and magnetic drive storage, and disk drive array controllers and software,
 Disc Drive Encyclopedia (Seagate)
  Includes information on disc drives, troubleshooting and utilities
 The IDE/Fast-ATA/ATA-2 FAQ (Ray Owsley)
  Enhanced IDE (EIDE) is a marketing program from Western Digital consisting of a software part--an Enhanced BIOS specification which breaks the 504MB barrier--and a hardware part that has been derived from the ATA-2 (hard drives) and ATA-PI (tapes, CD-ROMs) standards. Fast-ATA is a similar Seagate marketing program, endorsed by Quantum, that limits itself to ATA-2 (hard drives) only.
 Magnetic Recording Web Sites (Alison Chaiken)
 Network Buyer's Guide - The Networking and Storage Industry Resource
  The Network Buyer's Guide provides information on the computer storage and networking industry. It features a searchable database of products, links to vendor websites, a library of white papers, press releases, online product presentations, and more (
  A Storage Specific Search Engine
 Storage Page (EIDE) (Peter den Haan )
  "IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics--or numerous other interpretations) and ATA (AT Attachment) are one and the same thing: a disk drive implementation designed to integrate the controller onto the drive itself, thereby reducing interface costs, and making firmware implementations easier. This low cost/easy integration created a boom in the disk drive industry, as PC integrators readily ate up the low-cost alternative. Since the late 80's, ATA (as it is properly called) has become the drive of choice for the cost inhibited buyer."
 Storage Related Links (FWB Software)
 Storage Resource Center (Quantum)
  "Do you want to stay current with the latest thinking in data storage? This resource center features practical information designed to keep you up-to-date"
 Storage Systems (Datamation)
 Storage technology Links (DISK/TREND, Inc)
  This section contains links to selected pages containing information of special interest to the disk drive industry., including CD-ROM, DVD, hard disk drives, holographic storage, optical cards, and disk drive standards (Hardware Research, LLC)
  Hardware, Benchmarks, Reviews, News, Research, Glossary, Links and Surveys
 Terms and definitions - Data Storage (PC Webopedia)
  See this page for definition of these terms: ARC, archival backup, archive, backup, COLD, data recovery, data vaulting, DSTP, FMD-ROM, ghost imaging, gigabyte, GIS, HSM, incremental backup, mass storage, media, near-line storage, primary storage, RAID, restore, SAN, slack space, solid state disk, storage, storage device, store, terabyte
DVD Device
 DVD FAQ (Jim Taylor)
  DVD, which once stood for Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc, is the next generation of optical disc storage technology. It's essentially a bigger, faster CD that can hold video as well as audio and computer data. DVD aims to encompass home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format, eventually replacing audio CD, videotape, laserdisc, CD-ROM, and perhaps even video game cartridges.
 DVD FAQ (Sigma Designs)
 DVD info (Robert Lundemo Aas)
 DVD info
  The format former known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc should now just be refered to as DVD
 DVD Resources (MpegTV)
  DVD storage capacity (17 Gbyte) is much higher than CD-ROM (600 Mbyte) and DVD can deliver the data at a higher rate than CD-ROM. With the help of MPEG and Dolby compression technologies, a DVD disk can hold hours of high quality Audio-Visual contents. DVD is predicted to be the unavoidable replacement for the old VCR technology. DVD is seen as the ideal replacement support for interactive multimedia applications currently based on the CD-ROM technology.
 Terms and definitions - DVD (PC Webopedia)
  See this page for definition of these terms: decoder, Divx, DVD, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video
Floppy Disk
 Buyers' Center: Floppy Drives - specifications and prices
Hard Disk
 Buyers' Center: Hard Drives - specifications and prices
 Drive Definition Database (Chris Hooper)
  Details on drives from major manufacturers over the past few years. Includes SCSI, IDE/ATA, PCMCIA, MFM, RLL, ESDI, IPI and SMD
 Hard Disk Database (PC Benutzer-Service GmbH,)
  "5,200 hard disk drives, 1,500 Controllers, Layouts, Jumpersettings, Utilities, Links, etc."
 Hard drive glossary (Maxtor)
 Hard Drive Specification And Jumper Settings (F. Robert Falbo)
  The purpose of this site is to provide you with the specifications and setup information you'll need to install storage peripherals
 High Performance Storage System (HPSS)
  HPSS provides a scalable parallel storage system for highly parallel computers as well as traditional supercomputers and workstation clusters.
 IBM Storage Technology (IBM)
 Links to Disk Drive Information (DISK/TREND, Inc.)
  Links cover different typers of recording technology, standards and product data
 PC Storage FAQs
 The Storage Guide (Thomas Pabst )
 Storage, Online! (Columbia Data Products, Inc)
  "Storage Online has been designed as a "one-stop" reference for all of your PC storage needs."
 The Tech Page, Hard Drive Jumpers and Specifications. (Blue Planet Corporation)
  "Our database holds jumpers and specifications on thousands of hard drives from hundreds of manufacturers"
Media (Disk and Tape)
 Buyers' Center: Storage Media - specifications and prices
Optical Disk
 Buyers' Center: Optical Drives - specifications and prices
Tape Drive
 Buyers' Center: Tape Drives - specifications and prices
 MammothTape Technology
  MammothTape technology is possibly the most advanced, state-of-the-art helical scan data recording technology on the market. It incorporates several design innovations, which enhance reliability, performance and ease of use over older 8mm helical and linear technologies
 Tape and Back-up Drives - Drivers (Drivers HeadQuarters)


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