Desktop deluge

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Desktop deluge

A 1984 PC-XT had a 10MB hard disk and a 360KB floppy drive. You could back up your entire mass storage on a stack of 30 disks.

The typical PC of 2004 has at least 40GB of storage. Backing this up on the typically provided recordable CD drive requires 60 media units. This growing imbalance in backup technology is dangerous, especially as a growing fraction of business and personal data is "born digital" and thus has no paper trail to reconstruct whats lost.

Its high time that PC users are offered machines equipped with hierarchical storage, combining automatic offline archival tools with intuitive backup aids that keep pace with growing storage demands.

—Peter Coffee

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