The History of Data Storage
Posted on January 16, 2013
The History of Data Storage

Computers for some time now have become an essential necessity of our day-to-day lives. Technology transformed PCs from large organizational devices, to smart phones, tablets and quad core desktops for all kinds of users. However, due to the evolution of our electronic devices and their components, we need a new way to store larger sizes of data on our storage space. You should be wondering though, where did the idea of data storage come from and how it evolved.



In the year of 1725, people started to use punch cards as a form of data storage. They had a perforated paper loop to store patterns which could be used on cloth. That was the earliest known form of data storage created by Basile Bouchon. In 1846, Alexander Bain developed on the idea of Bouchon with the invention of punched tape where it could hold much more data.



Later on, with the invention of computers came the need for larger data storage methods. The RCA in 1946, created a device called “Selectron Tube” that could store 4096 bits of information. A few years later magnetic tape was released as an improved method of storing data.



In 1956 IBM designed the first Hard Drive for its 305 RAMAC computer that contained fifty 25inch disks which could hold up to 5 million characters or 5MB of data. In 1971 Alan Shugart, an IBM employee, created the first memory disk that enabled users to transfer data from one PC to another. They named it Floppy disk and it was cheaper and more flexible that HDDs even though it did not store much data. The year of 1979 it was the year of the CD, followed by the DVD in 1995 which both had significant impact on data storage.



In recent years we have seen the release of Blu-Ray disks and the unsuccessful HD-DVD. Both disks offered users the flexibility to watch High Definition movies from anywhere. Disk technology continues to evolve and in the near future is believed to increase disk storage from 120GB to 3.9TB.



While movies and music are still bought on disk, the invention of USB drives and memory cards has enabled users to save large files and easily transfer them from one place to anyplace they wished. The compact Flash and the smaller SD card have continued to get smaller in recent years and now can store up to 128GBs of data.



Where does the future take us?


The future leads us towards a new, secured and most flexible way of data storage. Cloud storage will be the most widely used form of data storage in the next decade. As users switch from CDs to MP3s and DVDs to AVIs, the need for physical storage methods has decreased. All our portable devices now support Wi-Fi and 3G internet connections to allow us access to the internet from nearly anywhere. As the internet speeds and coverage increases, the cloud is becoming more popular. Unlike physical storage methods, cloud storage literally has no limit to the amount of files that can be stored and every file ever created or downloaded can now be accessed from the palm of your hand. If you wish to learn more about the cloud storage history click here.


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