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"Mass Storage" and "Mass storage"
Fixed and removable disks
The differences between fixed disk and removable disk, hard/rigid disk and floppy disk should be brought out. Now they are not. There are merely a few notes. I changed redir of fixed disk to hard disk but it would need a page of its own, for example. Not it almost reflects current usage as most fixed disks are hard disks. Not all hard disks are fixed disks, though.
There should probably be a clear tree and explanation on the terms by physical stature and function. Perhaps here. Then you could add the definitions and jumps to the different related articles.
This Article Is Way Off Point
Mass storage should be descriptive of very large storage of data as in the [http://www.msstc.org/ IEEE Mass Storage Systems Technical Committee] and not the local storage of personal computers or even servers. As such the mention of USB drives, floppy drives, etc in this article is way off the mark. The article needs to be completely rewritten. To that end I sent an email to the IEEE MSS Executive Committee members suggesting one of them rewrite this article. Tom94022 18:27, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
- I think it may be a case of semantics with the word Mass (i.e. and what you mean by 'very large storage' - exactly how much?), but most references found include USB drives, floppy drives in their descriptions (pretty much any storage device really). If you find a cite that excludes such mediums from the Mass Storage category, then go ahead and fix.
- Jwoodger (talk) 01:45, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
- I have to belatedly agree with Tom94022 on this. To describe a 2000 word drum or a 320 KB floppy disk as mass storage is bizarre at best. Historically the term mass storage has meant quantities of data well in excess of what could be economically stored on disk, e.g., IBM 2321 (Data Cell), RCA 3488 (R.A.C.E). Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul (talk) 22:39, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
- I've been working with computers since 1960, and I've never seen the term mass storage applied to either perforated paper/mylar tape or to punched cards. The first devices to which I saw the term applied were the NCR Card Random Access Memory (CRAM), the RCA 3488 R.A.C.E and the IBM 2321 Data Cell.
- The reference to volatile versus nonvolatile is flat wrong. RAM implemented with magnetic core or magnetic thin film is nonvolatile, but it is certainly not mass memory. Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul (talk) 12:29, 27 June 2012 (UTC)
Needs a disk drive? Puppy Linux doesn't
"Desktop operating systems such as Windows are now so closely tied to the performance characteristics of magnetic disks that it is difficult to deploy them on other media like flash memory without running into space constraints, suffering serious performance problems or breaking applications." -- Um, AFAIK, Puppy Linux and its associated applications runs great from a pen drive. -- Writtenonsand (talk) 13:11, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
Comparison of non-rotating removable storage versus CDRW and DVDRW?
- I don't think CD and DVD R/W have ever been considered Mass storage nor can I find anything along this line in the article so I wouldn't add such material here. Note there have been a couple of Blue Ray DVD Changer products proposed that would rise to the level of Mass storage and could be mentioned the article if they became real. Tom94022 (talk) 19:20, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
- Not really in contemporaneous terms. CD-RW came to market circa 1997 at about 650 MB at which time HDDs were for the most part > 1 GB (source: 1997 Disk/Trend). Similar issue with DVDs. It seems their capacities were never higher than the then contemporaneous other secondary storage (HDDs for the most part) for anyone to label them mass storage. The whole concept of "mass storage" is greatly affected by the time and context of usage. Tom94022 (talk) 22:35, 23 January 2015 (UTC)