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The 9 Weirdest Data Storage Devices Ever Created

Storage devices have taken many strange forms over history. We’ve seen everything from an old 19th-century loom to massive data centres that power companies like Facebook and Google. But along the way, some truly weird devices tried to change how we save our precious data bits. These technologies were either wonderfully weird, woefully misguided, or just behind the times, but regardless, they each have their own idiosyncrasies worth remembering. Here are 10 of the weirdest storage devices ever created.


Seagate Innov8 Portable Hard Drive: Australian Review

Seagate has a portable hard drive that stores 8TB of your data. Not only does it store 8TB of your data, but it does that all while being powered by a single USB connector. Not only does it use a single USB connector, it uses the super-fast USB 3.1 Gen 2-toting Type-C, which is fully reversible and shares a cable with your equally new smartphone. Enter the Seagate Innov8 — smart name, right?


Samsung T3 Portable SSD: Australian Review

Samsung’s portable SSDs bridge the gap between a small, throwaway USB flash drive — usually with a tiny storage capacity — and a larger portable USB hard drive. The new T3 really is the best of both worlds, and brings the luxury of high-speed USB Type-C too, but you’ll pay a hefty premium for it.


Helium Is The Secret Behind Seagate's New 10TB Hard Drives

Advances in regular hard drive tech are still very important, especially in the enterprise space. No, James Kirk doesn’t need more gigabytes to keep his extraterrestrial porn collection — but the cloud does need more bits to hold your dirty pictures and videos and the odd work document. And so, we now have drives filled with helium.


Ask Gizmodo: Which 4TB Hard Drive Should I Buy?

Hi guys, I really need to buy a new hard drive — but I am torn between the choice of a WD Black 4TB which is currently $309 on PC Case Gear or a Toshiba 4TB, which unfortunately they have stopped selling but other sites I think still do. However Toshiba also have the X300 series but I haven’t found any reviews on them. I was wondering if possible if you could do a comparison on them regarding performance and their pricing. Cheers, Peter


Sound Waves Could Power The Hard Drives Of The Future

Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the 7 billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it — the problem is, all our current methods of doing so are far too slow.


How DNA Could Replace Hard Drives

The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our state-of-the-art solid state, and humans didn’t invent it. It’s called DNA.


Wow, Samsung's New 16 Terabyte SSD Is The World's Largest Hard Drive

Gone are the days when you have to sacrifice size for speed with an SSD drive in your laptop. At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung just revealed a new 2.5-inch SSD drive with an incredible 16 terabytes of storage. It’s not only the world’s largest SSD — it’s actually now the world’s largest hard drive, period.


The World's Thinnest 4TB External Drive Doesn't Need Extra Power

Chances are if you’ve opted for an ultra-portable laptop, you’ve made a few compromises when it comes to on-board storage. So an external hard drive for archiving your mountains of media is a must, and Samsung’s now squeezed four terabytes of storage inside a housing that matches your computer’s svelte dimensions.


Samsung T1 Portable SSD: Australian Review

Fast, small, cheap — pick two. This is the adage that stands true whenever you’re buying lots of technology products, but it’s especially true in the competitive world of portable hard drives. Samsung’s new portable SSD, the T1, is a hell of a lot faster than even the fastest mechanical hard drive or USB flash drive out there, and it’s smaller than any other portable hard drive you can buy. It’s not exactly cheap, though.


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