Edison’s Computer Storage paper

Edison’s Computer Storage paper

This paper I typed for 3rd grade composition. I think it is one of my best papers. I hope you like it.


Computer Storage

By Edison M. Coles

There are different kinds of computer storage forms. There are Solid State Drives (SSD) which are used in smartphones and tablets. There are Hard Drives (HD) which are used in laptop and desktop computers. Solid state drives and Hard drives store data as binary information which is a 1 or a 0. If you combine HD’s with the internet you would get the cloud, the good thing about the cloud is it can store a bunch of information.

What do hard drives store

In binary information, a bit is the smallest unit of measure or a 1 or a 0. Eight bits equal one byte. A byte can be thought of as equal to one letter or number. There are more ways to tell information then bits and bytes.

Name                  Size                                                Storage Potential

Bit………………….. Single Binary………………………… 0 or 1

Nibble……………. 4 Bits……………………………………… Half of a Byte

Byte……………….. 8 Bits……………………………………… A Single Letter

Kilobyte…………. 1,000 Bytes…………………………… About Half a page of text or 900 characters

Megabyte………. 1,000,000 Bytes…………………….. About 583 pages of texts, or 4 books 200 page

A Megabyte is dwarfed by todays SSD’s and HD’s in storage terms.

Solid State and Hard drives

In 1956 hard drives were introduced to the public, and the IBM 350 RAMAC had one of the first hard drives. Its hard drive stored a total of 3 Megabytes. Today’s computers use SSD’s and HD’s for storage. Theses drives have lots more storage then Kilobytes and Megabytes. A SSD works with many transistors. A transistor is like a switch but is as small as a few atoms. If the switch is on it is a 1, if it is off it is a 0 creating the binary code. A hard drive has a plater (which is magnetic) that has a read-write head that is magnetic too and it makes a positive or negative charge on the plater while it spins. When the head makes a positive charge, it is a 1, a negative charge it is a 0. The 0’s and 1’s create the binary code.

Name                Size                                                 Storage Potential

Gigabyte………… 1,000,000,000 Bytes……………… About 6,000, 100 page books,
or 1 Standard Definition Movie

Terabyte………… 1,000,000,000,000 Bytes………. About 6,000,000, 100 page books or about 100 High Definition Movies

The Cloud

The cloud is a system of computers that are linked together to share information (a network). Some computers in that network may store photos, may store moves, or your stuff. The cloud can store an unimaginable amount of stuff. For example, Netflix has 1,197 TV shows and 4,335 movies, and has 3.14 Petabytes of storage.

Name                Size                                                         Storage example

1: Petabyte…… 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes………… About 102,400 HD Movies

2: Exabyte……. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes…. About 104,857,600 HD Movies

3: Zettabyte….. 1 with 21 zero after it, bytes…………… About 107,374,182,400 HD Movies

4: Yottabyte….. 1, with 24 zero after it, bytes ………… About 2,576,980,370,600 HD Movies or approximately 5,000,000,000,000,000,000 books

Conclusion

The computers have come a long way. They started out with Megabytes and Kilobyte, now we have Terabytes and Petabytes. The world in the future will be different. We will have access to Yottabytes of storage through our networked phones all in the cloud. All technology will probably be connected to the cloud someday.

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