Have you heard new hard drive holds Terabyte of data?

April 10, 2007 4:51am CST
Just when you get to used of Gigabyte (hundred billion of bytes), Dell with a Hitachi drive breaks the ice. In case you are wondering, as printed text a terabyte would occupy 100 million reams of paper, consuming some 50,000 trees. It is enough to hold 16 days (not hours) of DVD-quality video, or a million pictures, or almost two years worth of continuous music. The leap from 500G to 1T required breakthrough in "areal density" (how tight the bytes are packed on the surface of the disk). The trick is the bits were standing up rather than lying down. Initial cost is about $500. The limitations of this technology is about 50T which can held a century of music. With this memory capacity, you won't have any problem saving all your dvd movies, digital pictures and mp3 music. As if you have a server at home. Amazing isn't it?
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@santuccie (3380)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Actually, Fujitsu is about to leap-frog over Seagate and the others. They have designed a technology that allows for densities as great as 1 TB per square inch. Check out this article: http://www.betanews.com/article/Fujitsu_Hard_Drives_Toward_1TB_per_Square_Inch/1164844868
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@jhhhe20 (75)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Wow that's a lot! I could still remember the old days when my HDD capacity was just 4GB. If I'm not mistaken Hitachi is manufacturing these drives. I'm sure competitors like Seagate, Western Digital, Fujitsu, Samsung, etc are also getting ready to release their largest drives. I hope I could get myself even just a 1TB HDD. Presently I only have 100GB and that's not enough for my videos. I wonder how this would cost in Peso. Hope it becomes available in the market soon.
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@hitesh23 (233)
• Hong Kong
10 Apr 07
Wow, it is amazing how technology is evolving everyday. I am sure that this size of hard disk will be readily available soon on our desktop computers and laptops. Around about seven to eight years ago, the highest amount of hard disk storage that a person could buy was about 10 gigabytes. I don't think that it would be a server at home because in the future the demands of a server will be even larger than a single or two TBs.
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