Scientists develop atomic scale data storage – allows HDDs to contain 500x more data

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Scientists from the Dutch Technical University of Delft today announced they’ve developed the smallest hard disk drive ever. The disk has a density 500x higher than HDDs currently available, which means all books even written by humankind can fit on the HDD that’s the size of a stamp.

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LOL, call me when it nears functional levels, will you - I am sure something like this is the way forward though :flower:

Storing it is one thing, accessing it is an entirely different matter.

For example: With that much data on one device, trying to locate and use one file could take hours or even days.

“the smallest hard disk drive ever”? Are we really talking here about hard disks as we know them now - a electro-mechanical device? I thought we were moving past that into solid state storage. If the author really meant a type of hard disk drive, it seems like several steps backwards, no matter how small the device or how large the capacity.

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Must mean P***n will be the best to store on that medium… :wink:

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I think we are not talking HD as we know it.

The single layer of chlorine atoms is laid out on a surface of copper atoms and the way reading and writing works can be compared to a sliding puzzle. The atoms are moved around using a special scanning tunneling microscope which scans each atom one by one.

What struck me as funny though was this:

…it’s also very slow, reading a block of 8×8 bits takes about a minute and writing the same block takes about 3 minutes.

Would take a while storing a Blu-Ray backup then huh? :bigsmile: