Researchers Use Table Salt To Increase Hard Drive Density Six-Fold

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onisuriyuuu

If you've been following silicon news and stuff This could be quite easily explained.

 

Silicone is produced using sand and turning it into i believe silica which is melted down into a crystaline structure. However the Raw Crystaline structure is very unstable and useless at this point, the Crystaline structure is then re molded into a single mold which FORCES the crystals to realign into uniform structures. Taking salt is also a crystal... so is sugar, The Silocones Crystal structure looks like this number sign # < as you can see it has a gap between it, tightly packing the grains of salt within the crystaline structure and making it "whole" you create a higher density of crystaline material (silocone platters...) so now your structure esentially looks like..... well * < ?  theoretical filled hole in the number sign. So i wonder if they use Sugar, will they achieve the same result or even better? 1000000000000PETA BITE PLATTERS? :D

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Keith E. Whisman

I wonder if that salt alternitive NO SALT will work just as good or not at all. BTW I just sprinkled table salt all over my laptop and I've noted no increase in performance or anything else other than my laptop becoming a little uncomfortable to be used by the grittyness of the salt. It's like resting my palms on sand paper. 

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grexxman

I made the same mistake at first.  You actually have to crack open your hard drive and pour the salt in.  Now, despite my machine's sudden onset of severe hypertension and the terribly painful grinding noise coming from within it, it's speedier than ever and I now have 6 petabytes of free space!!

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Sir Flannel

"Whereas standard HDDs have an information density of around 0.5 terabits/sq. in., Yang’s refined process has created disks with densities up to 3.3 terabits/sq. in. However, the number is a bit deceiving; while 3.3 terabit/sq. in. disks have been fabricated, the crew has “only” demonstrated data-storage capabilities in disks with 1.9 terabits/sq. in"

So, instead of a 6x increase, they "only" manage about 4x? Geesh, lazy dorks.

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joepullin

Will Mayor Bloomberg allow these to be sold within city limits?

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Zoandar

If you immerse the drive in salt water, not only with the density increase, but the access speed will increase due to better cooling of the drive. :) Liquid cooling for hard drives!

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titan8813

In related news, food safety activists are already lobbying for the FDA to enact legislation to require hard drive manufacturers to include Nutrition Facts labels on all hard drives shipped using this technology.  We'll keep you updated on this story as it continues to unfold.

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Caboose

Sounds like you could write for The Onion

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CalDrumr

"Mmm, time to add some more salt to these fries. 

Crap, I spilled it all over the workbench! 

Wait a second..."

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warptek2010

E-beam? This smacks of Scientology to me.

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warptek2010

It was a JOKE dude. You know, like Scientology's E-Meter?

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Raswan

Your wit is too dry for me then, I guess. 

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Eoraptor

so, within a year or two I'll be able to download my consciousness onto platters finally?

 

SCORE!

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essjay22

Must be April in Singapore. Or they already had their limit in beer and margaritas.

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don2041

Soon it will take 6 months to defrag your HD.

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Coldrage

So if I put salt in my 1TB hard drive it will become 6TB?

I will try it.

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bautrey

tell me how that goes for u.  

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Andacious

That sounds about right...it will taste better as well!

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don2041

You have to try it with cold beer

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nsvander

Cold beer?  It's salt that calls for a margarita!!!

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don2041

Think beer and pretzles

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