Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne ©2005
Operating System Concepts
Main memory – only large storage media that the CPU can access directly.
Secondary storage – extension of main memory that provides large nonvolatile storage capacity.
Magnetic disks – rigid metal or glass platters covered with magnetic recording material
Disk surface is logically divided into tracks, which are subdivided into sectors.
The disk controller determines the logical interaction between the device and the computer.