Hard Drives

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Hard Drives - Quiz

Test your knowledge of hard drives.


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  • 1. 
    During bootup, an error message appears that says, "No Fixed Disks Present". What are some likely causes?
    • A. 

      Poor hard drive cable connection

    • B. 

      Insufficient memory

    • C. 

      Bad/missing hard drive or drive controller

    • D. 

      Wrong jumper settings on drive(s)

    • E. 

      Incorrectly configured CMOS settings.

  • 2. 
    A hard drive must have a minimum of __________ in order to install an operating system.
    • A. 

      8 megabytes of cache

    • B. 

      One extended partition

    • C. 

      4200 RPM

    • D. 

      One partition

    • E. 

      One master boot record

  • 3. 
    Division of a hard disk into separate areas of data is called __________.
    • A. 

      Clustering

    • B. 

      Formatting

    • C. 

      Sectioning

    • D. 

      Fragmenting

    • E. 

      Partitioning

  • 4. 
    "Volumes" are
    • A. 

      Groups of cylinders

    • B. 

      Partitions

    • C. 

      Master boot records

    • D. 

      Usually assigned a drive letter

    • E. 

      Groups of folders

  • 5. 
    Partitioning a hard drive allows one to
    • A. 

      Increase disk space

    • B. 

      Install multiple operating systems on it

    • C. 

      Proceed with formatting

    • D. 

      Share drive letters

    • E. 

      Encrypt files

  • 6. 
    The boot sector on a basic disk contains
    • A. 

      The master boot record

    • B. 

      Speadsheets

    • C. 

      A copy of system BIOS

    • D. 

      Games

    • E. 

      The partition table

  • 7. 
    Where is the boot sector located on a basic disk?
    • A. 

      First sector

    • B. 

      Second sector

    • C. 

      Last sector

    • D. 

      In the cache

    • E. 

      The file allocation table

  • 8. 
    On a basic disk, the first sector of the hard drive is called
    • A. 

      The first partition

    • B. 

      Cylinder 0

    • C. 

      The boot sector

    • D. 

      The partition table

    • E. 

      The stripe

  • 9. 
    In Windows 2000 and XP, what does the term "basic disk" denote?
    • A. 

      A disk with standard features only

    • B. 

      A disk with a MBR

    • C. 

      A single hard drive

    • D. 

      A partitioning scheme

    • E. 

      A FAT32 formatted drive

  • 10. 
    In Windows 2000 and XP, what does the term "dynamic disk" denote?
    • A. 

      A resizeable partition

    • B. 

      A constantly changing partition

    • C. 

      An advanced partitioning scheme proprietary to Microsoft

    • D. 

      A drive containing multiple MBR's

    • E. 

      A drive with more than one installation of Windows

  • 11. 
    Partition tables on basic disks are limited to a maximum of ____ partitions.
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      64

    • E. 

      Unlimited

  • 12. 
    Partition tables on a basic disk may contain
    • A. 

      Primary and secondary partitions

    • B. 

      Two primary partitions and two extended partitions

    • C. 

      Unlimited partitions

    • D. 

      Up to four primary partitions

    • E. 

      Three primary partitions and one extended partition

  • 13. 
    Extended partitions
    • A. 

      Are labeled

    • B. 

      Are bootable

    • C. 

      Are not bootable

    • D. 

      Are limited to twice the size of primary partitions

    • E. 

      Contain logical drives

  • 14. 
    All primary partitions must have
    • A. 

      An operating system

    • B. 

      An entry in the partition table

    • C. 

      Logical drives

    • D. 

      A corresponding extended partition

    • E. 

      A unique identifier such as a drive letter or folder

  • 15. 
    The boot sector in a basic disk contains
    • A. 

      The master boot record and file allocation table

    • B. 

      The master boot record and partition table

    • C. 

      BIOS and file allocation table

    • D. 

      The partition table and file allocation table

    • E. 

      Boot.ini

  • 16. 
    How many read/write heads are there per platter?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 17. 
    PC hard drives are typically sealed air-tight to prevent contamination
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    PC hard drive air filters should be replaced periodically to prevent head damage
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The heads of a hard drive float on
    • A. 

      A gimbal

    • B. 

      A bearing

    • C. 

      A cushion of air

    • D. 

      A film of oil

    • E. 

      A magnetic field

  • 20. 
    Data is recorded on a platter as
    • A. 

      Pits and lands

    • B. 

      Electric charges

    • C. 

      Magnetic fields

    • D. 

      Flux reversals

    • E. 

      Cells

  • 21. 
    Groups of flux reversals are called
    • A. 

      Clusters

    • B. 

      Sectors

    • C. 

      Spans

    • D. 

      Domains

    • E. 

      Runs

  • 22. 
    The expression "RLL 1, 7" indicates
    • A. 

      RLL version 1, release 7

    • B. 

      The drive needs reformatting

    • C. 

      Minimum and maximum run lengths

    • D. 

      Cylinder 1, sector 7

  • 23. 
    PRML is a form of
    • A. 

      Data encoding

    • B. 

      Parallel communication standard

    • C. 

      RLL

    • D. 

      Disk encryption

  • 24. 
    The technology that records fluxes on the platter vertically is called
    • A. 

      Vertical recording

    • B. 

      Ultra high density modulation

    • C. 

      Flux run unlimited

    • D. 

      Perpendicular recording

    • E. 

      ANSI 2381.5

  • 25. 
    PRML stands for
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