In Pictures: The evolution of storage

  • Memory Stick Micro (M2)
    Memory Stick Micro is a removable flash memory card format. It is a proprietary card used only in Sony or Sony Ericsson products. M2 cards are most commonly used in Sony Ericsson mobile phones.
  • SD cards
    An SD (Secure Digital) card is a flash memory card format developed by Matsushita, SanDisk and Toshiba. SD cards allow you to capture photos, videos, music and data and are commonly used in digital cameras, handheld devices and GPS units.
  • microSD cards
    A microSD is a flash memory card that is smaller than an SD card. They are commonly used in mobile phones.
  • USB flash drives
    USB flash drives are flash memory data storage devices with a USB interface. They are compact, easily transportable and reliable.
  • Hard disk drive
    A hard disk drive (HDD) is a storage device that uses rotating platters with magnetic surfaces to store data. Pictured here (L-R) is a PC HDD, and next to it, a smaller, notebook HDD.
  • SDHC
    An SDHC card is an SD card that is larger than 2GB. SDHC cards are available in capacities of up to 8GB and are used in mobile phones, music players, hand-held computers and digital cameras.
  • Punch cards
    One of the first widely used storage mediums was punch cards. They consisted of a piece of paper with holes in predefined positions.
  • microSDHC
    A microSDHC card is a microSD card that has a capacity larger than 2GB.
  • Notebook SSD
    SSD products - which are available in 32GB and 64GB capacities - are flash storage devices compatible as drop-in replacements for hard disk drives in most mainstream notebook computers. They are more durable, more reliable and consume less power than conventional hard disk drives.
  • Magnetic tapeMagnetic tape is a storage medium using a magnetic coating on a strip of plastic. Magnetic tape storage included the popular audio and video cassettes, as well as cartridges for video and audio recording.
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