Input, Output, and Store

standingtopAI and Robotics

Nov 17, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Lesson 3

How Do I
Input, Output, and Store

Computing Fundamentals


Identify and describe the most common
input devices.

Identify and describe the most common
output devices.

Identify and describe how input and output
devices are connected to the computer.

Identify and describe storage devices.

Input Devices

Input and Output Devices

Input devices

enable a user to input data
and commands to the computer to be

Output devices

enable the computer to
give or show you the results of its

Some devices, such as a modem, can
perform both input and output operations.

Examples of Input Devices



Voice recognition




Graphics tablet

Touch display

Digital cameras

Sensors and
remote recording


The four sections of a typical computer
keyboard are indicated in this figure.



is a pointing device that controls the
pointer on the screen.

The following techniques allow you to use the
mouse to input information:


Place the screen pointer at a specific location.


Press and release the mouse button.


Hold down the mouse button and move the


Press and release the mouse button
twice in quick succession.

Press the right mouse button.

Voice Recognition Devices

These input devices are used to speak
directly to a computer to issue commands
and enter text.

Voice recognition technology

people with disabilities to control
computerized devices with spoken



change images into digital data
that a computer can understand.

Types of scanners include

Image scanners:

Used for photos and other

Bar code scanners:

Used to read product
codes in stores and warehouses

Magnetic scanners:

Used to read
information encoded on credit cards

Other Input Devices


are often used to control input for
video games. They frequently have buttons
that can be pushed or clicked to control


work like a mouse turned upside
down. Moving the ball controls the pointer on
the screen.

Other specialized input devices, such as
graphics tablets

, and
remote controls
, provide data
to the computer in a digitized form that the
CPU can interpret.

Output Devices

Output Devices


Monitors are used to display video output
to a user.

Monitors may be monochromatic or color.
Monochromatic monitors display output in
a single
color display.

Output Devices


Factors that influence the quality of a
monitor are

Screen size:

The diagonal measurement
in inches of the display area


The number of pixels that can
be displayed in the display area

Dot pitch:

The distance between each
pixel in the display area

Output Devices


Printers are used to create a hard copy of a document or
image. Printers vary by speed, quality, and price.

The most popular types of printers are


Produce images using the same techniques as
copier machines


Use fine nozzles to spray ink onto the page as
the paper passes through

Dot matrix:

Work similarly to a typewriter in that ink is
transferred to the paper by some part of the printer
striking a ribbon to transfer an image.

Other Output Devices

Plotters are printers that use pens to draw
lines to create maps, charts, and

Projectors are used to project a large
image of what is on the computer screen.

Speakers allow you to hear recorded
music or speech from your computer.

Other Output Devices (cont.)

Voice synthesizers allow people with
disabilities to “speak” through a computer.

controlled mechanical devices
are robotic controls, and their movements
are a form of computer output.

Storage Devices

Storage Devices

If you want to keep a permanent copy of data,
you must store it on some type of storage

Storage media are permanent, such as hard
disk drives, or removable, such as floppy disks
and CDs.

Storage devices are categorized by the
method they use to store data, including
magnetic and optical storage devices.

Floppy Diskettes

Floppy disks are small, portable magnetic
disks that hold a limited amount of data.

Numbered tracks on the disk are used to store
the data.

Each track on the disk is labeled and the
location is kept in a special log called a file
allocation table (FAT).

Many newer computers have replaced floppy
disk drives with CD/DVD drives.

Hard Disk Drives

Hard disks are large
capacity and fast
access storage devices.

Hard disks are usually built into the
computer’s case and are not portable.

Early computers had a storage capacity of
about 20MB, but now hard drives of 60GB
or more are common.

The Parts of a Hard Disk Drive

Other Types of Drives

Zip and Jaz drives:

Auxiliary storage
devices that can hold large quantities of
data and can be portable

Magnetic tape drives:

Used for making
system backups and storing large
quantities of data

Optical Storage Devices

Optical storage devices use laser
technology to read and write data on silver

ROMs (Compact Disk Read
Memory) can store up to 680MB and are
used to store data, music, and graphics.

WORM disks (Write Once, Read Many)
permanently store large amounts of data.

Optical Storage Devices (cont.)

R drives allow you to record your own
ROM disks. After information is written
to a CD
ROM disk, it cannot be changed.

DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) media are
used to store digital video. Many
computers now have a CD/DVD drive that
can read both types of optical media.

Network Drives

A network drive is located on another
computer or a server where space is
provided for storage of data from many
computer terminals.

Network drives may appear as the Q:


drive on a terminal to distinguish it from
the drives that are part of the computer

Virtual or Internet Storage

Like a network drive, virtual storage on the
Internet is not a physical part of the
computer, but it can be used to store data
that can be accessed from the computer.

There are also ways to map virtual
addresses to real addresses to create
more storage on a physical computer hard
drive than actually exists.

Flash Memory and Memory

Flash memory is rewritable and nonvolatile (it
retains data even when power is turned off).

Flash memory sticks or cards are used in
portable devices such as digital cameras, cell
phones, and hand
held computers.

Memory cards the size of credit cards can be
used to store monetary value or can serve in
place of disk storage in a small computer.

Connecting Devices

Connecting Devices to the

Input and output devices must be
connected to the printer before they can be

There are two ways to connect I/O devices
to the computer:

Plug the device into an existing socket or
port on the back of the computer.

Install a circuit board with the port you need
already included.

Typical PC Port Arrangement

Serial and Parallel Ports

Serial ports transmit data one bit at a time
and are used to connect a mouse,
modem, and keyboard.

Parallel ports transmit data eight bits at a
time and are used for printers and external
storage devices.

Special Ports


Often used to connect a mouse or


A newer standard that can be used to
replace serial and parallel ports and can
handle up to 127 devices


Allows many devices to use a single


Used to connect recording devices

PC card:

Can be connected to add memory
or storage capacity


Different types of
cables are required
to connect different

Power cords


Telephone line or
cable modem

A printer cable

Plug and Play

Most hardware components available today
are called
plug and play

because they install
so simply.

The computer’s operating system recognizes
the new device when it is plugged in and takes
care of all configuring tasks.

A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm
the type of new hardware, and then the
computer takes care of changing all settings
and making it ready to use.

Protecting Hardware

Keeping hardware safe involves protecting it
from power surges and electrical failures, theft,
and environmental damage.

An uninterruptible power source prevents
damage and data loss during a power failure.

Surge protectors can protect against power
spikes that can destroy components.

Using security measures and good sense
protect computer hardware from theft or

Protecting Data

Saving active files frequently is the best way to
protect against data loss.

Backup procedures create files that can be used
to restore data if the primary storage system
becomes inaccessible.

Viruses are programs written to corrupt data.
Backup files and antivirus software help avoid
data loss from viruses.

Firewalls, a combination of software and
hardware elements, prevent unauthorized
access to a computer on a network (including
the Internet).

Caring for Storage Media

Keep disks away from magnetic and electrical fields,
such as those contained in televisions and monitors.

Avoid extreme temperatures.

Never touch the surface of the media itself. Hold
optical media, such as CDs and DVDs, at the edges.

Remove media from drives and store them properly
when not in use.

Never remove a disk from a drive when the drive
indicator light is on.

Keep disks in a sturdy case when transporting.


Input devices enable you to input data and
commands into the computer.

The most common input devices are the
keyboard and mouse.

The keyboard is divided into four sections:
alphabetical keys, function keys, cursor keys,
and the numeric keypad.

Additional special
purpose keys perform
specialized functions.

The mouse is a pointing device used to input


Other types of input devices include joysticks,
trackballs, graphic tablets, touch display
screens, voice recognition devices, scanners,
and electronic pens.

Printers are used to produce a paper or hard
copy of the processed result.

Criteria for selecting a printer include speed,
print quality, and cost.

The most popular types of printers are laser, ink
jet, and dot matrix.


Input and output devices must be physically connected
to the computer.

There are two ways to connect I/O devices to a
computer: Plug the device into a port in the back of the
computer or install a circuit board with the needed port

There are several types of ports: USB, SCSI, MIDI,
parallel, and serial.

To maintain a permanent copy of data, you must store it
on some type of storage medium. These may include
floppy diskettes, hard drives, CDs, magnetic tape
cartridges, flash drive and WORM disk.