Monday, August 9, 2010

Data Storage Media

An important reminder from Unbalanced Reaction about data backup brought the following question to mind:

How many different types of storage media do you have at home? (I don't care if you have the hardware to read them or not.)

Although I suspect I am missing something, here is my list of the 9 (possibly 11) different types of media that are in my house:

  • Internal magnetic disk and external half-terabyte drive (I think it is also magnetic)

  • Flash drives

  • CD ROM

  • DVD

  • Zip disks! (that part of Zoolander is so out of date now)

  • 3.5" floppies

  • [uncertain] 5" floppies (I might have tossed those)

  • [uncertain] 8" floppies (ditto, written under CP/M)

  • Magnetic cassette tapes for an auto-loader backup system

  • 9 track tapes (plural)

  • punched cards

Time to do some more summer house cleaning ....


Unbalanced Reaction said...

I definitely don't have any punch cards. I might have a 3.5" disk or two from college, but other than that everything else is newer.

Doctor Pion said...

Ah, but that doesn't really answer the question. How many? And how many can no longer be read?

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Oh! Gee, I don't know! For the 3.5 inchers, probably 10?

Doctor Pion said...

Sorry, I meant how many different types of media. I gather that means your only other storage is flash?

I wonder if that will persist longer than zip disks or be replaced by something else. Probably not ...