For a number of years we have been backing up and storing our invaluable data on computer devices. Back in the early 1920s, it was on an IBM punch card, and through the years we saw the rise of the cassette tape and then the floppy disk.
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Today, we look to the likes of USB sticks, portable external hard drives, and cloud services, all of which offer much larger amounts of memory (some up to 4TB), are easier to transport, and are accessible pretty much anywhere. However, just as we have moved on from floppy disks, we will soon move on from flash drives, portable external hard drives, and cloud storage to other forms of data storage that will have even larger capacities, are more reliable, and are easier to work with.
Predictions for the future include DNA storage, which could mean that user data could potentially be kept for thousands of years; datastickies, which look and work very similar to sticky notes and would effectively replace USB sticks; and Helium Drive technology, which is thought to be able to store up to 6 TB of data.
The below infographic outlines how data storage has progressed so far and where it is heading, so read on to find out where you might be storing your personal files in the next 20 years!
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