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Pop Quiz: Traditional hard drive types

Do you know the difference between ATA, SATA, SCSI, and SAS hard drives? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of hard drive basics.

Since the mid-80s, the traditional, electromechanical hard disk drive (HDD) has been the standard in non-volatile data storage for personal computers. And despite the rise in popularity of solid state drives (which store data via NAND flash or RAM chips), HDDs are still found in most modern desktops and servers. With that fact in mind, it's important that IT pros know the difference between the various types of traditional HDDs. So, I've put together this short quiz!

Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I've published the answers on the second page of this blog post. I encourage everyone to answer all the questions before looking at the second page or using your favorite search engine to find the answers.

Answers are on the next page.

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