Researchers Use Heat Instead of Magnetic Field to Store Data onto Hard Drives

A group of researchers has come up with a potentially revolutionary technology that could speed up the data transaction rate of hard drives by hundreds of times as compared to the read/write rates today, reveals a new report.

Researchers at York University along with their counterparts from across the world managed to invent a new technique by which the hard drives could record information by using mere heat-energy and not magnetic field.

Such a technology was previously considered to be virtually impossible, and according to the researchers, when and if it hits the consumer market, computers will be far more energy efficient than they are today.

‘Instead of using a magnetic field to record information on a magnetic medium, we harnessed much stronger internal forces and recorded information using only heat," York physicist Thomas Ostler explained, as reported by The Engineer.

This revolutionary method allows the recording of terabytes - thousands of gigabytes - of information per second, hundreds of times faster than present hard-drive technology," he added.

The multinational research team included in it many prominent scientists from a handful of nations worldwide, including Russia, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Ukraine. More details on the research have been published in the latest issue of Nature Communication.