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Seagate developes new hard drives projected to top 60TB capacity

submitted on March 20, 2012 by YanBz in "Products / Gadgets"
The company announced a development in computer storage technology. The new type of hard drive, called HAMR drives, uses non-traditional materials that allow to increase the data storage density up to 1 terabit per square inch. Interestingly that these materials require to be heated up before data can be stored (this step is missing in traditional hard drives).

The maximum capacity of today’s 3.5-inch hard drives is 3 terabytes (TB), at about 620 gigabits per square inch, while 2.5-inch drives top out at 750 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 500 gigabits per square inch. The first generation of HAMR drives, at just over 1 terabit per square inch, will likely more than double these capacities – to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models. The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch – 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives

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  • 145902
    Posted by George on March 20, 2012
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    This much storage would be nice, but the only problem is, if people depend on this much storage in one place, a HD crash could be devastating if the information is not backed up somewhere else. It is like using a large media card to store all your vacation photos on 1 card. If that card goes bad, which they do easily, you whole vacation is gone in one swipe.
  • 145909
    Posted by shawndiaz on March 20, 2012
    [reply] 1 0
    I posted this on Facebook about 4 hours ago. I just wish they would find a way to hurry up! LOL, 10 years is a long time to wait.

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