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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.

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by:Brian Matis
To some extent, perhaps... At least if you don't have a ton of files. Because of my photography work  over the past 10 years, I have several terabytes of photos and the thought of getting those into the cloud and paying for ongoing access to that amount of data is not welcoming to me. For that, I still do periodic hard drive backups and then put the hard drives into a storage unit so they're offsite.

But for a lot of my standard documents, yeah, iCloud backup has been great!

Another distinction for Time Machine though, is how you can rollback easily in case of accidental deletion. iCloud is nice because it provides offsite storage, syncing across devices and redundancy, but if doesn't protect against a deletion.
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by:Kyle Santos
Makes sense.  Thanks!
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PS4 extended storageEarlier this week I took advantage of the PlayStation 4's new 4.5 update that finally allows the use of external storage. And wow, that process was easy!

I picked up a 1TB external Seagate USB drive (one of the slim ones that can be powered fully over USB) and hooked it in. The PS4 gave me a notification telling me it detected the external storage and that I'd need to format it. At first, I was worried that I'd have to hook it up to my PC or Mac to format it appropriately there, but nope! It took me right through a few very simple confirmation screens to get it formatted correctly and I was up and running in less than 5 minutes.

Haven't really checked out the performance on it yet, but I'll install something to it this weekend to verify. I imagine it certainly won't be as good as an internal upgrade or switching to an SSD, but unless performance is really terrible, I'll probably be pretty happy with the 5 minute, no hassle approach :-)
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by:Brian Matis
Good question, Rob! I'd assume it's proprietary, but I'll see what I can find out some night soon.
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by:Phil Phillips
I did mine, and I think I saw exFAT as the format.  So, theoretically, you should be able to read the disk with it plugged into your computer.
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Nice! Sony's Playstation 4 is finally going to allow external attached storage. Maybe I won't have to go through the hassle of upgrading the internal drive after all :-)
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/02/ps4-will-soon-support-external-usb-hard-drives/
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by:Lucas Bishop
In this scenario, you could update the primary HD to be a small (cheap) SSD for the OS only, then put a massive SSHD on the external port and see pretty significant performance gain.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, that'd be pretty sweet. I've got my PC set up that way and it's really nice :-)
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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.