Here at Fields Data Recovery, were interested in all developments in the world of data storage, particularly those that are new, unique and have the potential to provide mass storage in small devices. Imagine, then, how excited we were to hear that researchers at the University of Michigan and New York University have developed a means of storing electronic data in liquid and that, thanks to this revolutionary technique, a terabyte of data could be stored in the amount of liquid that would fill a tablespoon!
In order to achieve this, academics suspend clusters of nanoparticles (which can store more data that your run-of-the-mill computer bit) in liquid. These particles can move in order to create different storage states with researcher Carolyn Phillips stating: “You can use the same mathematics that describes a Rubik’s Cube to show that every rearrangement of the cluster’s spheres is possible and reachable.”
Unfortunately, the teams have noted that, before liquid hard drives can become a reality, they’ll need to develop a means of ensuring that the clusters of nanoparticles form the correct shapes within large volumes of liquid and then read the data quickly.
It’s an extremely interesting field of study, then, but we’re unlikely to see smartphones with 1TB liquid hard drives any time soon.