The Evolution of Data Storage

Data storage has seen great changes over the past few decades. From punched cards to magnetic cores to CDs and cloud backup solutions, huge advancements have been achieved. As a result, there are numerous devices in existence that have personal information stored on them, and most people are unaware of exactly where their data is stored.

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The History of Data Storage

The first documented method for data storage was in the 1920s. Since then, each decade has seen a substantial change in how data is stored and protected. Just some of the notable points include:


  • 1920s – The 20s introduced magnetic tapes, which were based off the technology of magnetic wires.
  • 1930s – The 30s saw the introduction of the magnetic drum in 1932, which was based off the invention of the magnetic tape.
  • 1940s – This decade saw the re-release of the Selectron Tube, Williams Tube and Delay Line Memory.
  • 1950s – The 50s is when data storage really began to take off, introducing the world to the magnetic core and the first hard disk in 1956.
  • 1960s – In the 60s, the music tape was released as well as Twistor memory and DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) cells.
  • 1970s – The 70s was introduced to Bubble memory, the 8-inch floppy drive and the 5.25-inch floppy disk.
  • 1980s – The 80s is when the shift moved to maximum storage and slimmer, sleeker options including the CD, 3.5-inch hard floppy, and DDS (Digital Data Storage) technology.
  • 1990s – This decade saw the Magneto-Optical disc, DLT, MiniDisc, Compact Flash, Zip drive, DVD, SmartMedia (SM Card), CD-RW, and USB flash drive.
  • 2000s – The 2000s saw substantial advancements, including the SD Card, Blu Ray, xD Picture Cards, WMV-HD, and Holographics.
  • Today – Today, the majority of private and public data is stored on servers, computers, and of course, in the cloud.

Data Destruction is Key for Computer and Server Recycling

The majority of data today is stored on the cloud, which means servers hold that information. When a server becomes obsolete, it is replaced with newer technology. Companies that hire professionals for server recycling need to protect the data on those unused servers by using professional data destruction services. ProTek Recycling offers data destruction for software and physical hardware that contain financial or personal information.

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