- Adding common table salt to current hard drive systems increases their capacity.
- The table salt causes the bits to align in a more organized fashion, making room for more bits in the same space.
Scientists in Singapore proved they are worth their salt by sextupling hard drive space with no equipment upgrades.
Scientists at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in collaboration with National University of Singapore and the Data Storage Institute discovered that simply adding table salt to a solution used when creating hard drives increased the capacity by almost six times.
This advance means a hard drives holding 1 Terabyte (TB) of data today, in the future, could hold 6 TB of data within the same size and form factor. The salt causes this increase because it forces the bits (pieces of information on your hard drive) into predictable, organized patterns on your hard drive. A*STAR likens the system to packing your clothes in your suitcase when you travel. The neater you pack them the more you can carry." Current methods use clusters of data without such a specific organizational system.