The Death of the Hard Drive

Tagged: flash drive, Hard Drive, Computer Hardware, Technology
Source: foxnews - Read the full article
Posted: 3 years 45 weeks ago

"The Chrome OS will at first be available on all-black laptops from Samsung and Acer. And because the new platform stores everything -- files, applications, data bits and bytes, literally everything -- on online servers rather than on your home or office PC, those new PCs running it won't require gobs of storage. In fact, they won't require any storage at all. The new Google laptops come without hard drives, in other words. Other hardware manufacturers have seen the trend, too: The ebook readers from Amazon and Barnes & Noble don't have hard drives. (And digital books you buy from Google's brand new eBooks store are stored online as well.) The Apple iPad has no drive, and the newest MacBook Air laptop skips a hard drive entirely as well; they all rely on flash memory chips for storage." | more

 

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Andreas Hofer
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Assuming that those devices will require you to have 3G+ connections, even hat that speed it would take about 20 minutes to load my emails and stuff I'm currently working on. My ISP offered me recently a discount on online storage and I told them that if they could deliver 155 Mbit/s by Jan'11, they would have a deal. Unfortunately I'm still at 4.5 Mbit/s and only one month to go...

As for emails and important stuff I am storing online, I have a 2 private servers online, one in Toronto, Canada and one in Vienna, Austria. They are encrypted with a 12 MegaByte Keys that I am changing every month. But the really private stuff is not on the net. As for most people using f*book, privacy does not even exist, so why protect?

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If I'm going to store all my files in Google Server for backup, I will password-encryption-zip all my files before I upload it. It'll be a 32-character password with a 2048-bit self-signed SSHA encryption key built right in to the zip file so that only I with my password and my key file can unzip it where and when I need it. :)

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online storage? nope, don't trust it..i want my files to be in my pocket, not in someone else's...and its not really the death of hard drive since google will have to put it on their servers, unless they have magical powers

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Well I'm only 16 so I wouldn't know what kind of files businesses need to keep hidden.

And yes, I know that everything you put onto Google becomes their property. I'm just saying this will stop the whole "My computer crashed and I lost my data!" ordeal.

After a little more thinking, this would be most ideal for the college student.

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I'm not sure what security is like where you work, but the company I work for would cut off my man parts if I were to store THEIR TOP SECRET CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS AND DATA in Google. Hell, I even have to have my laptop hard drive encrypted and password protected at all times.

Next time you use Gmail, read the privacy statements very carefully. Google has a long history of data mining. They are very good at it and make you agree to it in exchange for using their services.

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The day will be long coming when people trust online services to store their private and sensitive data. Particularly Google who has a long history of data mining from personal data.

I like my nice, private and secure hard drives thank you!

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First off, I don't think anyone has been able to successfully hack into Google. Second, what do you have to hide on your computer that's so illegal the Police will break down your door? This is NOT a gaming laptop, this is made for people who need to access their documents anywhere from any laptop or for people who have laptops that could be damaged or stolen and their documents won't be affected.

Are you serious? Please think before you respond, you are thinking like these laptops are made for the common user - they are not. These laptops connect straight to the internet and ignore the need for an OS. They're for people who only need it for their documents, like a teacher, the traveling businessman (we all know how laptops are stolen, lost, or broken) or some guy who works in a cubicle. Again, they are NOT for the common user.

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And the police or some hackers will be able to hack into your files...The most secure way to store data is with a couple of HDDs, you can add couple of SSDs if you want even more protection. I don't think it will be a reality. What about games?

MrGreen
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When was the last time Google's servers have been down? Never. Ubisoft is a whole different story...

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I kinda like the idea of being able to accesss my documents anywhere at anytime. But again, like others have said - no storage is a ball ache. Let's look at Assassins Creed II for the PC for instance.

The game requires an internet connection to log in and play, yet the servers have been down quite a few times, and the online based drm isn't the most demanding of processes.

A better idea would have been to save the docs to a disk drive, then sync them online.

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I really like the idea, but maybe not for a home user. Perhaps people in offices so they never lose documents or out in the field where computers are usually harmed.

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People who have slow connections shouldn't invest in a brand new Internet-Only laptop. They should be more concerned about better internet...

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And what about the 70% of people with slow connections? I don't like how artistic Google are. GET REAL Google, people in the real world don't have 1Tbps internet connections. Just sayin'

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Google's servers are like, the fastest ever.

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I love Google and the way they think. But from my understanding there has to be some form of memory on any device for it to work. So why not just use a hard drive? It would be faster than using internet servers.