Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Exabyte Drive

In Timeless [Netflix] they were going on about having access to the Homeland Security's Exabyte storage drive that was so large it contains everything about everyone.

An "Exabyte drive" - I thought; 'I want one of them'.

An exabyte is one quintillion bytes which is 1000000000000000000 bytes in America and 30000000000000000000000000000000 bytes in the UK. However many bytes there really is that would be enough bytes for me - for now.

I got a 3 Tereabyte drive recently so, if I buy about 5 million more of them I'll have an Exabytre.

This is a considerable leap forward from my first computer which was an Amstrad twin floppy. I'd splashed out on a twin floppy version so I could load the programme [such as a word processor] and leave the floppy in whilst any data I had saved or was working on was contained on the second disk in the other floppy drive.

However, after ending up with loads of floppys I invested in an upgrade where one of the floppy drives was replaced by a 20 Megabyte Hard Drive. Because of the enormous cost of all this I sought reassurance that this was a wise move; I was informed thusly: "20 Megabytes, that's huge. You'll never have to upgrade again - it's enough to deal with anything".

Shortly thereafter I spotted an Amstrad like mine: with a 40MBb drive.

UPDATE: I've just heard about a zettabyte which is 2 to the 70th power bytes - I want one - or two.

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