We’re in an age where having a 500 GB hard drive isn’t something out of the ordinary. Heck, some people even have 1 TB hard drives (like myself). In fact, I’m going to shell out another $200 eventually to get a 3 TB hard drive after I’m done with my scheme of filling little capsules with milk and selling them as sperm to the nearest sperm bank. But 100 TB? Who can say he has a drive that big?
Well, a new breakthrough will allow this to become a distinct possibility. It’s called atomic holographic nanotechnology. It is precise enough to modify a piece of material at the molecular level leaving adjacent molecules alone. To understand the importance of this in a hard drive, you can read how hard drives work at our site.
If you’re too lazy to read, here’s basically what a hard drive does to store information: It has a large read/write head similar to the pick-up on a record player that never touches the drive’s platters (discs). Each of these heads modifies the magnetic polarity of tiny pieces of the drive. If the piece is magnetically pointing north, for example, it could represent a value of zero. That would make a piece that points south, magnetically, represent a value of one.
With atomic holographic nanotechnology, we can take this a step further and modify ferroelectric molecules to represent different bits of data. Since we’re now dealing with molecules, we can hold 100 thousand times more data on any given area than would be held by an area of the same size with magnetic I/O. Essentially, it would make a hard drive that currently holds 1 TB of data capable of holding 100 TB or more in the tiny 3.5-inch space that a hard drive normally occupies. The biggest hard drives in the world will hold more data than we’ve ever imagined, but this time could come sooner than we think.
Now, here’s a question: How much do you think such a drive should cost? Tell us in the comments section!
Miguel has been working with computers back when the latest processor could print "Hello World" on the screen a couple of times and everyone was going nuts about that. From the days of DOS to the days of 'dows, he's been exploring every minute detail about computers, banging his head against the keyboard until he got it. Now he's blogging about it on his dedicated server until it breaks down, he repairs it, and just keeps on blogging.