Computer Technology Quiz: Memory And Hard Drives

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How much do you know about memory and hard drives? Hard drives and memory are two of the most intermingled terms in computing. Both hard drives and memory are internal storage spaces in a computer, but each performs a unique task. RAM stands for Random Access Memory, while hard drives are where information is documented. If you must see what you know about memory and hard drives, look no further than this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The first network was______

    • A.

      The internet

    • B.

      The pony express

    • C.

      The Cray super computer

    • D.

      The Telegraph

    Correct Answer
    D. The Telegraph
    Explanation
    The first network refers to the earliest form of communication network, and in this case, it is the Telegraph. The Telegraph was invented in the early 19th century and revolutionized long-distance communication by transmitting electrical signals over wires. It allowed messages to be sent and received almost instantly, making it the precursor to modern telecommunications systems. While the internet, pony express, and Cray super computer are all significant advancements in communication and computing, they came into existence much later than the Telegraph.

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  • 2. 

    The protocol used on the internet for packet switching is_________.

    • A.

      HTTP

    • B.

      HTML

    • C.

      TCP/IP

    • D.

      AARPA

    Correct Answer
    C. TCP/IP
    Explanation
    The correct answer is TCP/IP. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is the protocol used on the internet for packet switching. It is a set of rules that governs how data is transmitted and received over the internet. TCP ensures reliable delivery of data by dividing it into packets and reassembling them at the destination, while IP handles the addressing and routing of these packets across different networks. TCP/IP is the foundation of the internet and allows for seamless communication between devices connected to the network.

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  • 3. 

    The internet, as we know it today, developed from _______.

    • A.

      DARPA- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    • B.

      Microsoft

    • C.

      Apple

    • D.

      Al Gore

    Correct Answer
    A. DARPA- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    Explanation
    The correct answer is DARPA- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The internet, as we know it today, developed from the research and development projects funded by DARPA. In the late 1960s, DARPA funded the creation of ARPANET, which was the first network to use packet switching to transmit data. This laid the foundation for the development of the internet. DARPA continued to support and fund various projects that contributed to the growth and expansion of the internet, making it the global network that it is today.

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  • 4. 

    Name one pioneer of the internet and/or networking and list one major contribution.

  • 5. 

    The three types of memory are:

    • A.

      Ram, Rom, Hard drive

    • B.

      Hard Drive, Cache, Ram

    • C.

      Cache, Ram, Rom

    • D.

      Cache, CPU, Ram

    Correct Answer
    C. Cache, Ram, Rom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Cache, Ram, Rom" because these three types of memory are commonly found in computer systems. Cache memory is a small, high-speed memory that stores frequently accessed data for faster retrieval. RAM (Random Access Memory) is the main memory of a computer, used for temporarily storing data that the CPU (Central Processing Unit) needs to access quickly. ROM (Read-Only Memory) is a type of memory that stores permanent instructions and data that cannot be modified. Together, these three types of memory play crucial roles in the functioning of a computer system.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is located inside the processor?

    • A.

      Ram

    • B.

      Rom

    • C.

      Level 3 Cache

    • D.

      Level 1 Cache

    Correct Answer
    D. Level 1 Cache
    Explanation
    Level 1 Cache is located inside the processor. It is a small, high-speed memory that stores frequently accessed data and instructions. It helps in reducing the time it takes for the processor to access data from the main memory. The Level 1 Cache is the closest and fastest cache to the processor, providing quick access to frequently used data, which improves the overall performance of the processor.

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  • 7. 

    Ram is a form of memory that is non-volatile.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Ram stands for Random Access Memory, which is a form of volatile memory. Volatile memory means that its contents are lost when the power is turned off or lost. Therefore, Ram is not a form of memory that is non-volatile.

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  • 8. 

    The Hard Disk Drive is a form of memory that is volatile.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a form of non-volatile memory, meaning that it retains data even when the power is turned off. Unlike volatile memory, such as Random Access Memory (RAM), which loses its data when the power is disconnected, the HDD stores data magnetically on spinning disks and is able to retain it for long periods of time.

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  • 9. 

    The hard disk drive stores data on the magnetic surface of the ___________.

    • A.

      The actuator

    • B.

      The Platter

    • C.

      The Ram Chips

    • D.

      The South Bridge

    Correct Answer
    B. The Platter
    Explanation
    The hard disk drive stores data on the magnetic surface of the platter. The platter is a circular disk made of a magnetic material coated with a thin layer of magnetic material. It is where the data is written and read from using the read/write heads. The platter spins at a high speed while the read/write heads move across its surface to access and store data. Therefore, the platter is an essential component of the hard disk drive for data storage.

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  • 10. 

    Data is transfered from the Ram to the Processor Cache via the __________.

    • A.

      South Bridge

    • B.

      North Bridge

    • C.

      The Bus

    • D.

      Chip circuit

    Correct Answer
    B. North Bridge
    Explanation
    The North Bridge is responsible for connecting the RAM and the Processor Cache. It acts as a bridge between the CPU and the memory, allowing data to be transferred between them. The North Bridge handles high-speed communication between the CPU and the RAM, ensuring efficient data transfer. Therefore, the correct answer is North Bridge.

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  • 11. 

    When data is deleted from a hard disk, the data is gone and can never be retrieved.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Data that is deleted from a hard disk is not completely gone and can often be retrieved using specialized software or techniques. When data is deleted, it is typically marked as "deleted" or "free space" in the file system, but the actual data remains on the disk until it is overwritten by new data. Therefore, it is possible to recover deleted data unless it has been overwritten.

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