Flash Memory Is A The Best Data Storage Device Available

By Miles Stoppard

There are many different ways to store data that is used on a computer. Since the beginning of computers many different devices have been developed that have increased the storage ability and decreased the size of the storage device. The most recent storage device for computer data is known as a Flash memory.

The decade of the 70's was a big period for computers. It is when they really started to become popular. There were top of the line systems being developed that had new abilities. One such machine was the Digital PDP1170. This $200,000 machine had a 100Mb internal memory and 20MB of storage on 9 track reel to reel tapes. It was a common problem for the tapes to break.

In time these tapes were replaced by floppy disks that were designed to hold storage in a smaller space. The original floppy's were 8 inch floppy's and held 1. 5 megabytes of information. In the 1975 a 5 inch floppy was designed but it only held 110k bytes of data. By 1978 this increased to 360k bytes. By 1984 progress had pushed the limit of storage up to 1MB on a 3 ? "floppy.

It is obvious to see by this information how the increased amount of storage on smaller devices evolved. CD's replaced floppy's eventually and were another step toward smaller storage devices with more capabilities. The amount of data a CD can handle depends on how it is formatted. A CD when properly formatted can handle up to 650 megabytes. This meant that a CD could hold the same as 650 small floppy's.

The importance for improved portable storage devices for computer data has continued to evolve. CD's and DVD's replaced floppy's and made zip drives basically obsolete. There are now CD's and DVD's that have the ability to be rewritten. Meaning that not only can they store data but unlike original CD's the data can be written over top of the original data. Original CD's were write only which meant that once they had data on them that was all they could ever have on them.

DVD's have the storage capability of as much as 8 GB's. While these versions of DVD's contain the ability to store more than standard DVD's they use technology that provides an additional layer of storage than standard DVD's. This extra layer utilizes new technology that could improve the ability of DVD's in the future. DVD's now have the ability to store more data than 6,000 floppys.

These are all indications of the future abilities of data storage. Flash memory drives provide the greatest amount of portable storage available. They do it in a much smaller unit than CD's and DVD's. They are a perfect example of creating more storage capabilities in a smaller device. Flash memory has the ability to handle up to 256 GB's. This is equal to 40 DVD's, 400 CD's, or 256,000 floppy's.

Flash drives stores huge amounts of data and can be loaded in a very short period of time. They are also very easily carried around since they are the size of a lighter. Flash memory is a perfect example of things to come. There is technology that exists now that makes it possible to store 1 trillion Bytes of data on a stamp sized device. - 30430

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