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Return of the tape: Sony’s new storage tapes hold 185 TB of data


The cassette tapes these days are seen as items from a long forgotten era of the 80s and Walkmans. However, Sony has created a new record with storage capabilities using one of these tapes as the storage medium. Sony has created a tape capable of holding 185 terabytes, smashing the previous record for data storage. At 148 gigabits per square inch, Sony's new tapes hold the equivalent of 11,840 16-gigabyte iPhone 5s smartphones – or about 3700 Blu-ray discs.

The tapes, which were developed with the help of IBM, obliterate the previous record, which was set in 2010 by Fujifilm and IBM. Back then, the companies set the record with a tape capable of holding 35 terabytes.


 
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