From: Paul Burke
Subject: Re: The Future of Mass Storage?
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 14:13:11 +0000
Organization: Scazon Systems
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Peter Nolan wrote:
> The Windows OS and MSDOS(I will insult your intelligence when I point
> out that MSDOS means MS Disk Operating Sysyem) are based on the Hard
> Disk Drive as a system of mass storage.
> If the HDD is replaced as it will certainly be at some point in favour
> of super high density solid state mass storage the HDD and the OS's
> based on it will automatically become obselete.
No, you've got your knickers twisted on his one. DOS is just disk
operating system, it originally used floppies, but it can't tell where
the data comes from, so anything that can be made to look to the
software like a disk will work. In fact, solid state (flash etc.) drives
are readily available (there are other issues here, but don't let them
cloud the basic concept.) The same is true for all other OS's - they
will work off punched pper tape if you can make the reader look like a
disk drive, and you have a few weeks to spare while it loads.
This is a common misconcepton, though, in the realm of audio CDs. I've
had long and fruitless discussions with audiophiles who can tell the
difference between different makes of CDs, and can't understand that a
hard disk, solid state disk, or any other form of storage will sound
EXACTLY THE SAME.