In the past, storing data meant saving it to a floppy disk or external tape drive since an internal hard disk drive was initially a costly optional feature on the first personal computers to hit the markets. It was not until the late 1980s that computers started to become “standard” and include an actual internal hard disk drive. Even then, these initial drives only held megabytes of data, rather small compared to the large gigabyte and terabyte drives we use today.
At that time, one of the biggest problems was whenever a floppy disk drive or internal hard drive failed. For many people it meant having to start all over since all of their data was gone, as data recovery services were just beginning to develop technologies for accessing nonworking disks and hard drives.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the floppy drive was replaced by CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives. Internal hard drives also evolved from parallel connected to SATA connected drives. Storage capacities on internal drives increased and by 2010, we were pushing new limits with 3 terabyte drives.
It was also during the 2000s we had access to new storage mediums: USB flash drives and SD memory cards. As data storage options increased, so too did the technologies required for data recovery services, to address the growing number of potential device failures. New software applications and hardware to access the data and recover it were invented.
In fact, the technologies used in SD memory cards and USB flash drives helped further the development of a new type of hard drive: the solid-state drive (SSD). Unlike traditional hard disk drives with movable platters and parts, SSDs do not contain any moving parts. While failure is still a concern with SSDs, the methods used for retrieval are different from traditional hard disk drives, and were also developed from those used to recover data from flash drives and memory cards.
What will the future of data storage and data recovery look like?
We will see continued increases in the amount of storage space on both SSDs and hard disk drives. More and more data will be stored in smaller and smaller areas on the drives, resulting in greater storage capacities. Cassette-based tape backup storage will also continue to be used as an offline method, but will rely upon ultra-dense tapes capable of storing over 30 terabytes of data on a single tape, with future technologies pushing this upwards to 100 or more terabytes of data.
Another data storage medium that could develop within the next decade or so, are holographic optic discs that would take the current storage caps found on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and push this up to 500 gigabytes!
Beyond these advances, researchers and scientists are also experimenting with other potential storage options including:
• Bacteria Storage
• DNA Storage
• Molecular Storage
• Quantum Storage
• Carbon Nanoball Storage
It will be interesting to see which of these will evolve into new data storage in the future. In the meantime, if you discover your data storage device has failed, before tossing it aside, contact the data recovery experts at Taking It Mobile! We offer a no-cost fee if we cannot recovery your data. Call us at 888.877.5002 now!