The Evolution of Data Storage
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Data storage 10 Vintage Hard Drive & Memory Ads That Question Value For Money 10 Vintage Hard Drive & Memory Ads That Question Value For Money Today, hard disk space and memory are just two of the many things we take for granted in the world of technology. Computers are fitted with drives that can hold terabytes upon terabytes of data.... Read More has come a long way. From the days of 1.44 MB 2.5-inch floppy drives to the hundreds of gigabytes you can now carry around on a flash drive, to cloud storage that you can access anywhere. But is cloud storage the end the road? Can storage evolve beyond the cloud?

What do you reckon?

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  1. Bruce E
    February 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Jackson, the 1.44MB diskettes mentioned above were 3.5 inches, not 2.5.

  2. dragonmouth
    February 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    The new NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah will have a storage capacity in the Yottabyte range. By 2015 they hope to be gathering about an exabyte worth of data daily.

  3. Bruce
    February 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Your "floppy disk" is a diskette. Floppies were originally 8 inch mylar disks in thin plastic envelopes, which were flexible.

    • Bruce E
      February 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      They were originally referred to as microfloppies, even though the mylar disks were now enclosed in a hard plastic shell. The floppy reference was not derived from the entire unit, but from the mylar disk the data was recorded onto.

  4. Albert
    February 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Great article - but punch cards in 1745...?

    • Michael H
      February 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yes, the world's first punch card system was the Jacquard Loom, invented in the 18th Century.

  5. The Truth
    February 24, 2014 at 6:59 am

    CD-Rom drives never used green lasers.

    "Initially, CD lasers with a wavelength of 780 nm were used, being within infrared range." -

  6. Ah Rip X
    February 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

    i think you should correct 1000 to 1024

  7. Iam Mai S
    February 24, 2014 at 12:05 am

    oh... wait... my mistake... seen wrongly...

  8. Iam Mai S
    February 24, 2014 at 12:04 am

    eh wtf...
    It was 2cents per GB in 1999??

  9. Scott H
    February 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    im still using hard drives and floppy drives and zip drives and usb flash drives and micro sd cards i trust them but not the cloud because some companies will lose all your data and stuff because you have not paid so do not use it as often only use dropbox and ubuntu cloud because it's free and only using to stream folders and data from one computer to another using cloud i prefer physical storage and not the virtual storage like the cloud

    • Oskar musician
      December 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

      STORAGE THE DATA. I was thinking about the LP Long Play records which was quiet usefull for decades. Hollywood movies stored on a celuloid tracks archived in aluminium boxes. When they later opened these boxes there was just a crap of plastic. Not much to watch anymore on the screen. So they made some restauration teams to restore back in life whatever is possible. The same may have happened with the magnetic tapes=>leakage, overcopying, deleting of magn.information. CDs and DVDs had been promissed more consistency but later I've read about the loosing of data after a particular time scibed safely on that disks?? Because of scratching, the dots were no more readable etc. Than I've read on the market you can buy 10times more expensive DVDs or BRay disks developed by the dedicated companies. The surface is actually more consistence against scratches based on the glass similar to the glass surface used for the Touchscreens of our daily used InteliPhones..amoled/==>
      Contemplating so far about the entire human race history I may guess that the archiving media schould have been more durable than just a couple of years, decades, a century..or so. We may see and read the Egiptian writings in stone after more than thousands of years. Right!!?? No electric power, no digital dots, no virtual storage at some particular computer center, no magnetic writings....Considering this way the CDs and DVDs schould develop this way to be more tremperature resistive, more DATA consuming,...electric/(any energy) power independent etc.
      For such a reason 12" disks of BlueRay holographic data schoul have been suitable for storage, archiving, ever-lasting DISKS,...wouldn't wonder if you were able to listen an old LP Phono Record USING SUCH A DEVICE. There is a money question/(tight on a budget wont go) sure enough to consider of ethernity.
      He- lol I'm just jocking/contemplating. Keep on save your data as much as possible as long as it is (nucleo/temperature/radiation/fadingout..) possible. We don't live pretty long in this world despite the knowledge is ethernal. Regards have fine! Oskar

  10. Anonymous
    February 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

    You are mistaken
    CD players/burners employ infra-red lasers (780nm), not green

  11. Data1001
    February 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

    9-track tapes? Is that like the volume knob that goes to 11? "Well, it's one more, isn't it?"

  12. Eric J
    February 23, 2014 at 3:38 am

    how about DNA storage.

    • Oskar
      January 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Yes DNA storage exists too. We cary this storage in our genes. How durable and resistive this DATA STORAGE actually is we don t know exactly. Some scientists claim that the whole life on our unique surface of tinny globe is very FRAGILE. The question is like Alexandrian Library 2k years ago dissapeared in a night while beeing burned totally to the ground. The entire literature of the ancient Greeks Culture, History, Science, Philosophic discussions, etc was deleted. Or the middle age lasting for almost 1k years burning the books of all sorts exept/only Holly Bible to be allowed!!! What do you mean obout DATA STORAGE from this point of the view? We are just consumer market oriented fading out personalities in a second of the nano-time slice according to the ethernity of the universe in which we claim to exist for ever. Regards Oskar