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Is This the End of Physical Hard Drives?

Over the past few years the internet has been changing at break-neck speed. It is changing how the world does business at such a rate that companies that were thought to be too big to ever fall are starting to crumble. They are struggling to keep up with the new techie generation and as a result industries in Music, Film and Books are on their knees.

Predictable

For all the techies out there, this was very predictable and only a matter of time, however, with Google unveiling its latest product – what many had been whispering over the past few months – the existence of a new service named “Google Drive”, the internet is now threatening technology industries too. Google Drive is a free storage system that will be offered to anyone who owns a Gmail, YouTube or Google Plus account. Drive will allow people to easily drag and drop all their important PC or Mac files onto it, and allowing people to free up their own hard drives.

Google stated on their website:

“Your phone goes for a swim. Your laptop takes an infinite snooze. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive.”

Apple has been pushing their own version of this system for quite a while now, called ‘iCloud’, and smaller start-ups such as Dropbox have also gained huge momentum and popularity, with the latter’s latest valuation fluctuating around the $4 billion mark.

The hard drive industry

The physical hard drive industry took a huge hit at the end of 2011 due to the tragic Thai floods, and to add insult to injury, during the months of hard drive shortages, customers were forced to look for temporary solutions, however, many seemed to have discovered their temporary solution could turn out a better permanent solution.

And as more and more regular people are constantly in need of their files whilst on the move, the future of storage is starting to look very online-oriented, and as all these services continue to grow in demand and popularity, the only question that remains is – Is the huge hard drive industry the new publishing industry?

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Author Bio:- This article was written by Alex Bell – who works in the 2TB external hard drive industry and is a massive technology geek. Look out for further posts from the man.

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