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MAID

(Massive Array of Idle Disks) Active archiving that uses disk drives instead of tape. Most of the drives in a MAID array are idle most of the time, but can be revved up and read faster than searching sequentially through magnetic tape. MAID libraries typically do not use RAID technology because each read and write in most RAID configurations uses several drives. The concept behind MAID is to have an enormous amount of data quickly available at the least cost, and spinning disks require power and generate heat, which requires cooling.

Some Active, Some Passive
A MAID system may be built with a small ratio of spinning disks that serve as a cache for the non-spinning, passive disks. If a request is not found in the cache, the appropriate passive disks are powered up. See active archiving, WORO and RAID.
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Then she called her maids and said, "Stay where you are, you girls.
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Keep your brevet, Mademoiselle de la Valliere shall be a maid of honor.
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When the train stopped at Sixteenth Street Station, in Oakland, we alighted, and there Felice Van Verdighan, with her two maids, her lap-dog, and her lap-dog's maid, disappeared forever.
So some make ready the bower, the tables and the seats, while Maid Marian, Little John and others set out to hunt.
I will tell her you are here, miss, and ask her to grant you an audience," said the maid.
Showing who the amiable lady, and her unamiable maid, were.