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Quiz #3: Data Storage

Take our fun quiz to see how your data storage IT knowledge stacks up.

Computer storage is the holding of data in an electromagnetic form for access by a computer processor. Primary storage is data in random access memory (RAM) and other "built-in" devices. Secondary storage is data on hard disk, tapes, and other external devices.

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1. This is a utility that rearranges your discontiguous files and free space on your computer so that your files are stored in contiguous units and free space is consolidated in one contiguous block.
a. degaussing
b. patch
c. defragmenter
d. parser
e. logical block addressing

2. This is a company that provides computer storage space and related management to other companies.
a. vortal
b. storage area network
c. storage medium
d. bastion host
e. storage service provider

3. This is a format for storing and backing up computer data on tape that evolved from the Digital Audio Tape (DAT) technology.
a. Tape Archive
b. Digital Data Storage
c. virtual tape system
d. Audio Interchange File Format
e. data aggregation

4. This is a storage management system especially designed for moving large files and large amounts of data around a network.
a. hierarchical storage management
b. enterprise resource management
c. high performance storage system
d. distributed file system
e. holographic storage

5. This is a form of static random access memory whose contents are saved when a computer is turned off or loses its external power source.
a. SynchBurst SRAM
b. static IP
c. nonvolatile storage
d. magnetoresistive random access memory
e. direct memory access

6. This is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management and protection, as well as data sharing functions, through connections to numerous (and possibly dissimilar) computer systems.
a. call center
b. enterprise storage network
c. Grand Central Station
d. network information system
e. ADSTAR Distributed Storage Management

7. This is programmable read-only memory that can be erased by shining an intense ultraviolet light through a window in the memory chip so that the memory can be re-used.
a. Sequential Couleur avec Memoire
b. virtual memory
c. grating light valve technology
d. extreme ultraviolet lithography
e. erasable programmable read-only memory

8. This is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks.
a. double data rate synchronous dynamic random access memory
b. redundant array of independent disks
c. network-attached storage
d. extended data output (EDO) RAM
e. random access method of accounting and control

9. This is a data storage technology that allows information to be written to a disk a single time and prevents the drive from erasing the data.
a. write once / read many
b. backup domain control
c. single instruction multiple data
d. permanent virtual circuit
e. compact disk / read-only-memory, extended architecture

10. This is what might occur when a program or process tries to store more data in a temporary data storage area than it was intended to hold.
a. program temporary fix
b. blue screen of death
c. fatal exception
d. shared memory
e. buffer overflow


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Be sure to try these other quizzes:

Quiz #1: Help Desk Basics
Quiz #2: Security Basics
Quiz #3: Data Storage (you're on this quiz now)
Quiz #4: Networking Hardware
Quiz #5: Getting Your Message Across the Network
Quiz #6: Servers
Quiz #7: Protocols
Quiz #8: Database Basics
Quiz #9: Wireless
Quiz #10: TCP/IP
Quiz #11: Ego-Booster
Quiz #12: Database II
Quiz #13: AS/400

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