[QUOTE=pcarey;2778011]“the smallest [U]hard disk drive[/U] 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.[/QUOTE]
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:
…itâ€™s also very slow, reading a block of 8Ã—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?