Holographs, Liquid-State and DNA: The Future of Data Storage

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HAMR Drives

Another advancement in hard drive density is heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). In these drives, a tiny laser blasts the surface of the disk platter and heats it up to change its magnetic properties. By doing this, more bits can be stored per square inch and the surface becomes easier to write to.

Seagate puts it in perspective like this: A digital library of all the books written in the world would be approximately 400 TB – in the near future, all these books could conceivably be stored on as few as 20 HAMR devices.

Last year, 2.4 billion people used the cloud for accessing email, social media, games, backup storage and apps. With this figure projected to reach 3.6 billion by 2018, it would appear that cloud computing is here to stay due to our need to store and access ever expanding amounts of data. But the cloud is just the beginning with exciting data storage developments on the horizon. 

This slideshow, provided by Ebuyer, depicts how far data storage has evolved since the IBM punch card in 1928 and further analyzes the future of this innovative industry. Datastickies, DNA storage and helium drives are just some of the possibilities for the future of data storage.


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