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COLD (Computer Output To Laserdisc)

Computer output to laserdisc (COLD) was a computer output device popular in the early 1990s. It allowed businesses to print out large volumes of data onto special discs that could be read back on a dedicated player. By printing out data onto a laserdisc, information could be kept safe from damage or loss. Additionally, the ability to read back the discs meant that users could access the information whenever needed. Today, COLD systems are largely obsolete, replaced by newer technologies such as solid-state drives (SSDs) and USB flash drives.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About COLD (Computer Output To Laserdisc)

In the past, COLD was a critical way to store and archive information. While COLD systems are no longer used today, many SMBs may still have data archives stored on these discs. SSDs have replaced COLD systems in most cases due to their faster speed and lower prices.

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