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‘World could run out of hard drive space by 2020’

Stratospheric demand for storage risks capacity gap, says leading provider of hard drives. Mark Whitby, senior vice president of branded products at Seagate, says a storage capacity gap could emerge by 2020 when the world will be producing something like 44 zettabytes of data annually. The zettabyte era – how much data is that? To get just one zettabyte of data you would have to fill the storage capacity of 34,359,738,368 smartphones with 32GB (gigabytes) of memory each. So, 44 zettabytes requires…

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The future of storage: the DVD “with 40,000 HD films”

Scientists have reportedly found a way to create a DVD-sized disc that can hold 1,000 terabytes of data – enough to store 40,000 HD movies. It’s all to do with using lasers in a way akin to a fine tipped pen rather than a felt-tip pen – the old way – to write information to the disc, apparently. Two lasers have been used to massively increase the storage capacity of a DVD from 4.7 gigabytes. One beam partially blocks the light…

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World’s highest capacity SD memory card – 512GB – unveiled by SanDisk

There has been a 1,000-fold increase in SD memory card capacity in little more than a decade, says manufacturer SanDisk. In 2003, SanDisk unveiled its first 512MB SD card and has now unveiled what it says is the world’s highest capacity SD card on the market with a 512GB capacity. The company says the new 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world colour and stutter-free 4K…

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