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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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Shortly, after the birth of Isaac, Sarah told Abraham to send away her maidservant Hagar and Ishmael.
Abraham's child with the maidservant Hagar was extensively dealt with in the text, and it seems unusual that if there was another case of that happening it would not be noted.
We don't know for sure from the novel, but one can suppose that one reason it may have been important for Zaynab to bring a maidservant with her into her married home could have been that Nour had been trained to execute the ins and outs of the Circassian delicacies that so enchanted Zaynab's new family.
Set in the late 1930s, shortly after the abolition of slavery, the story is narrated by three women - Kaydia and Sheba, a maidservant and labourer at the plantation, and Elizabeth herself.
I had earned the money by working as a maidservant in Delhi and later concealed it inside a bundle of clothes, out of fear of thieves, but the money was reduced to ashes," the girls' mother Veena Devi told journalists on Tuesday.
Abra, Judith's maidservant, holds down the struggling Holofernes, allowing her mistress maximum leverage.
She is a disagreeable, grey child who begins to gain colour and energy as she skips outside, befriending her maidservant Martha, the surly gardener Ben Weatherstaff and a friendly robin.
When his wife died the empress forced him to marry a maidservant, with the whole wedding party dressed as clowns.
Khurshid maintained that Khobragade was a victim of a conspiracy created by her maidservant Sarah Richards, who has been absconding.
How did she feel as she waited while her maidservant prepared her hair and they discussed taking one of the splendours?
Jane probably was part of a relatively prosperous household, possibly a gentleman's daughter or maidservant, said Smithsonian forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley, who analyzed her bones after they were found by Preservation Virginia, a private nonprofit group.
Her artistry was also shown in three Mozart arias from Figaro, Idomeneo and La finta giardiniera, where beauty of tone came with distinct characterization - not always the case with young singers - no chance here of confusing the pert maidservant and the proud Trojan princess.