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Disk speed, space, defragmentation
Hard Drive
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2001-03-01
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Manipulating sounds on your computer can take a large amount of disk space. An average uncompressed WAV file can be 15Mb per minute of audio data at CD quality. In order for your computer to be ready to deal with this large amount of data, it needs as much free space as possible. There are also other hardware considerations you will want to consider.

Step 1: Physical description
Your hard drive is a small box, usually grey with a green bottom. It is about the size of an 8 track tape.

Step 2: What is inside?
Inside a hard drive are several CD shaped layers that contain your data. A mechanical arm moves back and forth across the CDs as it reads the data.

Step 3: How it writes
Your Hard Drive is being written to constantly. This process begins to have a wearing effect on the hard drive after some time.

Step 4: How it stores the data
The Hard Drive stores the data in chunks that it considers blocks. Some Operating Systems allow 16 bit chunks, and others allow 32 bit chunks. These terms are referred to as a FAT 16 or a FAT 32 drive. FAT refers to File Allocation Table.


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