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The Evolution of Data Storage

The Evolution of Data Storage

Secure Data Recovery Services works with hundreds of different types of data storage devices every day, and our teams have seen dozens of major advances in storage technologies over the past several decades.

The first laptop computers were released in the early 1980s, but the technology only became widespread in the late 1990s and early 2000s. With the introduction of the laptop, data storage technology has skewed towards smaller and smaller form factors, with 2.5-inch hard drives and solid-state drives becoming preferable for many mobile applications.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers data recovery and media repair for all laptop computers. View our laptop data recovery page for more information regarding our technology and capabilities.

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Quick Fact:

Most computer users are familiar with hard drives, flash devices, and other common consumer media, but many people do not know that these devices are the product of more than a century of innovation. The first storage devices were punch cards, which held about 960 bits; for perspective, there are 8,388,608 bits in a megabyte. Some newer hard drives hold a terabyte or more - and there are about 1,048,576 megabytes in a terabyte. That means that newer storage devices are literally millions of times more efficient than some of their predecessors.

Digital storage technology is fascinating, and our customers often ask the limitations and capabilities of different types of media. The infographic below provides a detailed look at the evolution of digital information, along with an overview of major storage milestones that led to modern computing.

Just as computer processor capabilities double every few years, data storage capabilities continue to expand at a rapid pace. Many newer computer systems rely on cloud storage, which basically means that data is not stored on any local media. Instead, it exists on a server or a series of servers - commonly referred to as "the cloud." This allows for practically unlimited data storage, as the servers can be upgraded on the fly.

Secure Data Recovery Services provides data recovery and media repair services for all types of digital devices. Our teams have the technology to treat virtually any failure scenario, and we are always ready to provide fast answers about data loss and storage technologies. If you would like more information or if you need to set up a case, call us today at 1-800-388-1266.