Magnetic Tape Data Storage Breakthrough Will Make Your Hard Drive Seem Tiny

IBM scientist Dr. Mark Lantz holds a one square inch piece of sputtered tape which can hold 201 Gigabytes a new world record

IBM scientist Dr. Mark Lantz holds a one square inch piece of sputtered tape which can hold 201 Gigabytes a new world record

Invented over 60 years ago, tape drives were traditionally used for archiving tax documents and health care records. Working alongside the Sony Corporation, IBM Research has been able to store 330 terabytes of uncompressed data onto a prototype cartridge small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

This new breakthrough could extend the life of tape as a valid storage medium significantly and make it practical for the cloud era, too, IBM said. But thanks to IBM and Sony, tape might still reign supreme when you need to archive massive amounts of data, as the companies have jointly developed a new kind of tape that can reportedly hold 201-gigabits, or roughly 25GB, per square inch. The objective of this drive was to backup data, maintain archives, and aid Sony entertained in storing different data resources.

Although tape drives aren't considered bleeding edge these days, the ability to store so much data in such a small package is very useful. However, a tape can be flexed, bend and wound around, which can be converted to a thin layer of iron oxide or chromium parties which are magnetized or demagnetized by a machine, which can create individual pieces of data. Sony engineered the high-density tape itself, using new technology to store more data within the same area.

In order to achieve the 201 GB per square inch, the researchers at IBM developed several new technologies. Regular tape uses a liquid magnetic layer which is easy to produce, making cartridges cheap and readily available.

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While the manufacture of sputtered tape can cost more than current commercial tape drives, Eleftheriou says its high capacity makes the price per terabyte very "attractive".

Sony Storage Media Solutions indicated the viability of continuing to scale up storage on tapes for another decade.

In recent years, developments in the Internet of Things, the popularization of cloud services, and the leveraging of big data have helped to create new markets, resulting in increased demand for high-capacity data storage media. READ NEXT:Major tech companies see DNA storage as the future Tape has previously been used as a long-term backup solution for disaster recovery of server farms.

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