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Chapter 3. Infrastructure and Connectivity > Employing Removable Storage

3.10. Employing Removable Storage

Computer systems have become modular over the last few years, and one of the benefits is removable media. Removable storage (commonly known as removable media) refers to any type of storage device (such as a floppy drive, magnetic tape cartridge, or CD-ROM) that can be removed from the system. Disk drives that once cost thousands of dollars now cost hundreds or even less. What once took up a whole room can easily be put in a coat pocket.

It's important to remember that removable media is subject to viruses, physical damage, and theft. If a CD-ROM is stepped on or scratched, it probably won't work properly. If it's stolen, it won't be available, and the information it contained will be gone forever. That information could include customer lists, IP addresses, databases, financial spreadsheets, or anything else of a sensitive nature.


  

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