A Wild Card In The Data Storage Game

In the 18 years since IBM created the Winchester hard disk--a sealed disk drive that stores data on metal platters--engineers at companies such as Quantum Corp. have made astounding strides. The first drives stored 35 megabytes of data on 14-inch platters. Today, disk makers cram 85 megabytes on 2 1/2-in. platters. By next year, 1.8-in. drives will be available.

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