Sparda Posted July 12, 2006 Share Posted July 12, 2006 So I was talking to a friend who pointed me to this artical and he argued that it would replace the hard drive, even though it clearly won't becasue optical media is always hellishly slow. Even though he realised he was wrong I did agree with him that hard drives need replacing, and not with opticval storage. I'v alredy come up with an idea to make ultra fast optical storage, obviusly it wouldn't be compatible with any of the current media, but would be based on the same technolagy. Idea for ultra fast optical storage Basicly the disk the data is on is transparrent, the 1s and 0s consist of transparant bits on the disk and blacked out bits on the disk (this will of course make manurfacturing these things harder). To retrive the data off the disk direct light is shon stright down on to the disk where underneith it a ultra high res light thing (the things used in digital camera to allow the camera to 'see'), takes a snap shot of the light been shon though it and alayses the image and alocates the bits it took a photo of in memory, so you have ultra fast access to all the data on the disk. Good idea huh? The only problem with this is that it means the drive has to have as much memory as the disk offers in storage. The other option of course is to just have it remeber the image and alays the image for each bit as requested. THis would mean that it's faster then it would normly be reading the disk, but at the same time doesn't offer maximum speed. There is no reason there couldn;t be a mixture of drives that do remeber each bit in RAM and drives that remebr the image and analys it when requested. Idea to make hard drive hold twice as much data in the same amount of physical platter space So I was trying to come up with an idea for replacing the hard drive, and insted I came up with a concept of making the device I was trying to replace hold alot more data, so what? Any way, it's like this see: So, a bit is either 1 or 0 right? Well, what if you used diffrent numbers to represent diffrent numbers of bits? For example 0 = 00, 1 = 01 (or 10) and 2 = 11. You have alot more strage space. How do we get each bit on the plater to represent 0, 1 or 2? We eitehr have it negativly magnatised (0), no magnatisation (1) or posativly magnetised (2). So, we have worked out how to store twice as much data in the same amount of space... I just realised this desighn is flawed... i'll continue any way, and if any body can see a way to make it work then good... How do we make a normal x86 computer work with it? With emulation of course. make the firmware emulate a normal hard disk while in the back end it's actualy doing alot of work to figur out wheather a bit is a 0 or a 1 based on the bit of the hard drive that is either 0, 1 or 2. Any way, this desighn doesn;t work becasue of this bit "0 = 00, 1 = 01 (or 10) and 2 = 11" You can't have a bit that can represent two bits, so we need a forth bit 0 = 00, 1 = 01, 2 = 10 and 3 = 11, trouble is though, do do you represent 4 bits in a single space on the hard disk? Any thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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