The technology moves forward so, 300 TB on a 3.5 inch hard drive may not seem so great in 2010. But here in 2007, is a lot of data, especially when Seagate’s largest hard drive capacity is 750GB miserable in comparison. Correction-The 300 TB is actually terabits, and not terabytes. Therefore, the Seagate drive new store in 2010 approximately 37.5 terabytes, and while it is little more than 10 times smaller than an actual unit of 300 terabytes, which is still huge compared to the units we use today day. And who knows what we will have by 2011, or 2012!
The technology used today to expand hard drive capacity is called perpendicular recording, where bits are recorded on a hard drive vertically, instead of horizontal, allowing many more bits to be recorded in the same physical space.
To shoot the 37.5 terabyte (or 300 terabit) rabbit from a hat, technology comes to the rescue once again. This time, Seagate will use a technology called heat-assisted magnetic recording (MRHA). They do not detail exactly how this works, but one square inch of disk space can store 50 terabits of data.
According to a Joystiq report line, this is enough to store all the library ‘of Congress, “without using any compression. It will also be sufficient to store 6,144 50 GB Blu-ray. That would be tens of thousands of standard DVDs, hundreds of thousands of CDs and probably billions of photos.
There are concerns about loss of 37.5 terabytes of data to a hard drive crash, but if 37.5 is really the standard TB in 2010, the purchase of a replacement back to 37.5 TB all for being so expensive . Best defragmentation tools dramatically speed up, or a defrag might take days – unless, as mentioned, is using a file system as NTFS does not need defragmentation.
You do not hear much these days about holographic storage or will be in 2010, nor do we know how much storage capacity flash offered in 2010. However, an iPod nano sporting 1 TB of storage in the flash memory can be a reality before 2010, too.
Storage. It really is the answer for the space we need for our digital lives. Space is the final frontier, after all, although I’m sure Captain Kirk would laugh at the idea of flying the spacecraft impossible immense business through the 300 terabits of content in an area of 3.5-inch hard drive source.