New particle paves way for 20 times denser hard drives


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A groundbreaking new particle has been discovered that could potentially be used in extremely dense hard drives. Known as skyrmions, or microscopic twisted magnetic vortices, the particle could prove extremely useful in the future of storage on magnetic hard drives,...

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That seems kind of cool. Man you could do a lot with 80 TB of hard drive space. I think you wouldn't be able to run out of room! What kind of computer would need that kind of space? Government maybe? They need somewhere to dump all the files they have of you out there lol.

And I kinda laughed at University of Hamburg...the child in me is still well and alive lol.


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I thought hdds are a dying breed. :)
just like physical cds/dvds/blu-rays... only to find out some tech companies are able to write more or stack more data in different layers of a particular medium..

damn you 80tb of prawns. :)


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And I kinda laughed at University of Hamburg...the child in me is still well and alive lol.

Me too... my wife's grandmother says 'hamburg' instead of hamburger, so for me it's now a joke not a place.

Sounds like a cool idea for a drive, but they can't really create them yet, they have to be stored at -267C, and they can't read or write data to them either. Sounds like they found something tiny that can exist in two states and someone said 'Hey that could be used as a hard drive' without realizing there are a few barriers to work through first.


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Yeah. I say, until they get their methods perfected to where a computer could actually operate with it, don't be expecting this on the shelves in the near future. Probably not even within the next couple years. They aren't even sure how it truly works. So progress will probably be slow and steady lol.


Sound good but was there an article on another storage medium something stackable which worked better not long ago and I more like the idea of the unknown as they dont know why they twist advances like these usually advance other things as might not just be relevant to storage technology, since 1960's known about....hows much more cool things are discovered but overlooked.


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It will not fly. those temps and percentage of success are way too much and they will not bring them to mass production levels anytime soon (around 50 years maybe but not sooner). Right now the industry is focusing on high capacity SSDs.


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And I kinda laughed at University of Hamburg...the child in me is still well and alive lol.
The nearest town to here is called Hamburg. That kinda kills the joke for me, but I can see where the humor is. Lets just say the joke died out years ago for me.

On topic though, I'd love to have a 80TB drive. :)