Google Chrome OS – Stop worrying about your hard drive, you don’t need one anymore


I have a confession to make, I sometimes lay awake at night and worry about my hard drive. I write quite a bit and I am an addicted amateur photographer who has become so worried about losing all my stuff, I back things up two different ways, just so I can sleep.

Knowing I am not alone, I am excited to introduce you to Google Chrome, an operating system coming to you soon, on a laptop, with NO HARD DRIVE. That’s right, the new platform stores it all, your applications, your files and pretty much everything else you might need, on online servers rather than your PC.

Able to boot in 7 seconds or less, primarily because it doesn’t have to load all the customary background stuff, the Chrome OS will first be available on laptops from both Samsung and Acer. I wondered what kind of storage these laptops would have, because I wonder about things such as this, when I realized that thanks to cloud-based storage for my pictures, music and files… I really shouldn’t need any.

So look forward to your next computer having no hard drive and virtually no storage. How awesome is that?

Of course that cloud based storage, how does that work? It’s not a hard drive is it? Oh come on I have to stop thinking about this stuff.


12 reviews or comments

Elrom Bios Says: December 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm

It’s not true – google put 16Gb SSD card into CR-48 first netbook already. I think it will use internal storage in future with Samsung and Acer netbooks too and a size of it will be larger.

Jad Says: December 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

The Cr-48 and all the ChromeOS laptops that follow will have a hard drive. They have solid state hard drives (SSDs), and are just large enough to hold they system, and plenty enough local files. Everything on said ssd is backed up in your ‘cloud’ by on google servers.

They do have hard drives.

Soni Says: December 13, 2010 at 2:54 am

The only problem with these ideas, that they’ll never work. It’s quite a pain in the as* to “upload” all your photos, music, movies, etc. on a distant server. It would only work with unlimited, and quick internet connection.

Wolfhard Says: December 13, 2010 at 6:14 am

You SHOULD worry about backing up your data much more than before!
Just think about the Sidekick desaster ^^

Pete Lewis Says: December 13, 2010 at 7:01 am

Sounds good as a backup but there’s no way I would ever hand over all my digital integrity to an online storage/operating facility. NO WAY…!

mardicas Says: December 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

Oh, and then the internet goes on vacation, then what!

atworkfortherest Says: December 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

This all sounds good until the thing forgets where it left everything out on the internet

Elrom Bios Says: December 22, 2010 at 12:28 am

We don’t realy understand the idea, because of our standart DESKTOP vision in our mind. But the best will be if you can get the internet anywhere and with good quality – it’s to hard to get so, we will have some frustrating when we can’t get info quickly and get it when we realy need it ungently.

twocatz Says: January 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I just don’t get it, back in the dim dark ages of computing (1980’ish) we had these things called “mainframes” where we could store all our data instead of the expensive and often unreliable HDD’s of the time. We had no control over what was done with the stored content and it could be accessed at any time by anyone that had access to the mainframe and its security proceedures. We’ve now solved those problems and have complete control over what gets stored/shared, and where and who has access. Now, am I to believe that I can securely store my data on someone else’s computer, tens of thousands of miles away, that I have absolutely no idea who has access to. Would they allow me access to their storage facilities so I could check their security procedures, and if I were allowed access, would everyone else be allowed access. I will not be giving up my data to any third party, period. My backup and security procedures have been honed over 25 years and I believe them to be as secure and safe as is possible.

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