Linked by David Adams on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:27 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Hardware, Embedded Systems "In the world of hard drives storage, density is king and Seagate has just achieved a major breakthrough that guarantees major storage gains for the next decade. That breakthrough is managing to squeeze 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) of data into a square inch or space, effectively opening the way for larger hard drives over the coming years beyond the 3TB maximum we currently enjoy. How much of an improvement does this storage milestone offer? Current hard drives max out at around 620 gigabits per square inch, meaning Seagate has improved upon that by over 50%. However, that's just the beginning."
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Comment by benb320
by benb320 on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:55 UTC
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I think I will never use that much memory, but who knows

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RE: Comment by benb320
by randy7376 on Tue 20th Mar 2012 18:16 in reply to "Comment by benb320"
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I think I will never use that much memory, but who knows

You're going to need that 60TB with the future release of Windows 9. ;)

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RE: Comment by benb320
by zima on Tue 20th Mar 2012 18:17 in reply to "Comment by benb320"
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I have no doubt we will find a way to use it - collectively, at least.

Sure, present HDDs (or SSDs, almost) might be more than enough, on a local personal level.

But datacenters and such? They're always hungry for more spacious drives. Ultimately, HDDs store our civilisation - it runs on them (kinda like, yeah, we do "personal" long-distance travel largely by airplanes nowadays - but ships, trains and such are what really still runs the place, our global economy)

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RE: Comment by benb320
by Doc Pain on Wed 21st Mar 2012 09:13 in reply to "Comment by benb320"
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I think I will never use that much memory, but who knows

Have more faith in possibilities mankind will invent to occupy such big disks. Hint: Parkinson's Law applied.

Data expands to fill the space available for storage. Storage requirements will increase to meet storage capacity. The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource. The reverse is not true.

Maybe also see Jevons paradox.

A technological progress that increases the efficiency with which a resource is used tends to increase (rather than decrease) the rate of consumption of that resource.

As it has already been mentioned, big datacenters, primarily governmental installations and "big business" will happily use such disks to store more data. This is good for for the customers, good for the people, good for the market. :-)

Let us be thankful we have storage. Store now. Store more. Store more now. Store... and be happy!

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