The Redeye Complex

Monday, October 15, 2007
500GB - pfffbbbt!

I always thought those 500GB external hard drives are the biggest drives we'll see for a while. Wrong-o. Globe and Mail has some news from disk maker Hitachi.
Hitachi Ltd. says its researchers have successfully shrunken a key component in hard drives to a nanoscale that will pave the way for quadrupling today's storage limits to 4 terabytes for desktop computers and 1 terabyte on laptops in 2011.
My guess then is that external drives like the 500GB MyBook will be replaced by 1 and 2TB drives in a couple years. That's great for capacity however tricky when you have a predictive failure and have to move data off the drive. Ever move 1TB of data? It will take hours.


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