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Storage Media

A Macintosh computer can read data from, or write data to, a wide range of storage media, including:

  • Hard disks— high capacity magnetic media.
  • CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD, and DVD-R discs— high capacity, removable optical media.
  • Zip, or other disks or cartridges— high capacity, removable magnetic media.
  • Floppy disks or diskettes— low capacity, removable magnetic media.

To use storage media, it must be:

  • Mounted— inserted, attached, or other-wise accessible to your computer.
  • Formatted or initialized— specially prepared for use with your computer.

All of these things are covered in this section.

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