April, 2017

Computerworld: five decades of hard drive evolution

In 1967, when Computerworld was founded, a monstrous 1-megabyte hard disk drive cost a fortune, $1,05M. Since then data storage devices have significantly changed. Today, any computer owner can purchase a nice-looking file storage device paying only 2 cents per gigabyte of space.

Tom Burniece, a top manager at DEC (Digital Equipment Corp.), spent more than 25 year developing various data storage devices. In fact, a team of specialists led by Burniece had only one task: find a way to make hard disk drives and SSDs storages faster and smaller. That's a piece of a challenge, indeed.

Thanks to Tom Burniece and his team, modern hard drives turned from cumbersome storages into 2.5-in. and 3.5-in. devices that could contain up to 4 and 10 TB of data, respectively. In addition, HDD pricing went down as well. Today you pay only 2 cents per gig.

Sure thing, a fast and capacious hard disk drive makes a real boon for a business owner or average PC/Mac user. Still, when it fails it could be quite hard to retrieve intact sensitive files back. That's right, capacious file storages may give certain amount of trouble when it comes to data recovery.

According to ACE Data Recovery, the world's most trusted data recovery company, one of the greatest issues with the modern HDD storages is that capacious file storages take lot of time to get read. In addition, there's always a chance of a severe data corruption due to high level of file fragmentation. Simply put, saving 1000 files is much easier than retrieving 1M critical files from a faulty hard disk. Luckily, companies like ACE Data Recovery have the best recovery solutions to handle any type of data storage device.