Tape Drives

Storage Capacity:  up to 184TB

Main Uses

Mainly used for backing up large amounts of system data

Advantages

  • Massive amount of data storage

Disadvantages

  • Read access is very slow and the whole tape needs to be read regardless of where the data is stored

HDD Drives ( Hard Disk Drives)

Storage Capacity : Up to 24TB

Main Uses

  • The standard storage used in most desktop and laptop computers
  • Used for storage in general purpose servers

Advantages

  • Quite fast read-write speeds
  • Plenty of storage capaticity

Disadvantages

  • Not as fast read-write speed as SSD
  • Can be damaged if dropped as has a spinning platter

Zip Drives

Storage Capacity: up to 750MB

Main Uses

  • General data backup
  • Zip drives are legacy devices that are no longer commonly used

Advantages

  • Faster Read/write speeds that CD roms

Disadvantages

  • Much more expensive than CDs per MB storage
  • No longer widely used