A Visual Homage To Data Storage

(Image Credit: “Evolution of Storage” by Curtiss Spontelli | CC)

We consume an amazing amount of data, but we also store an equally impressive amount of data as well, and if you think back to not too long ago, we were having to deal with floppy disks and zip drives and who knows what else.

Oh how the times have changed.

We should appreciate how far we have come with regards to data storage, and this article is dedicated to displaying a bit of a graphical homage to storage mediums of the past, present, and future:


Magnetic Tape

Floppy Disk

Hard Drive

Laser Disc



Solid State Drive

Cloud Storage

Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD)

Again, we have come a long way. There have been numerous other types of media that we have stored data, but these are some of the most memorable.

The interesting thing to note is that data is constantly getting cheaper while data storage availability increases. However, we can’t help but wonder if there will one day be an issue where there is too much data and not enough storage. Is it possible? Or will the mediums to which we store our data be adapted to compensate for our increased demand for storage?

Either way, we hope you have taken a moment to reflect on data storage and hope you’ll appreciate where we are and where we have been.

[Source: USByte]

Written by James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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  • Dude, where’s the Syquest disk?

  • Haha,

    Yeah. There are tons of odd and unique storage options out there that I didn’t touch on.

    A funny story: I purchased one of those zip drive sand spent hundreds of dollars on zip drive media, only to use it once or twice as I purchased a CD-ROM drive a few months later. What a waste!

    However, I recently found that old ZIp drive in storage, and the darn thing still works.

  • I really enjoyed this graphic time travel and the video as well. Thanks for creating it. 🙂

  • I remember how cool my black floppy drive storage case was, it was all
    shiny and black, hold 100 discs!! Dugg for missing my floppies 🙁

  • Really Superbe i love this kind of Video…
    Gosh Hard to remember before on atari St you have 1.44 Mo Floppy disk 🙂
    Thanks Dude

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