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Seagate plans to triple areal densities within two years

At the IDEMA DISKON show in Santa Clara, California, Seagate demonstrated a magnetic recording device with a whopping 421 Gbits per square inch density.  To put that in perspective, the company recently announced 160GB 5400.3 2.5" perpendicular notebook drives that have an areal density of 135 Gbits per square inch. Toshiba, the current commercial density leaders, recently demonstrated 2.5" hard drives with areal densities of 188 Gbits per square inch.

Seagate CEO Bill Watkins claims "Breakthroughs in areal density are enabling the digital revolution and clearly indicate that hard drives can sustain their advantage to meet the world's insatiable demand for storage across a wide range of market segments."

According to the press release put out by Seagate, the company claims a 1.8" disk drive produced on the same 421 Gbits per square inch technology would result in a 275GB hard drive. 2.5" drives on the density would level out around 500GB, and fully fledged 3.5" hard drives would be able to house a density of 2.5 terabytes.  Perhaps even more exciting is that Seagate "anticipates that solutions at these density levels could begin to emerge in 2009."

The leap to such densities would result in a three-fold increase of current areal densities. However, Seagate isn't alone in this race.  Earlier this year Hitachi put out a press release claiming we would see 1TB holographic drives from the company before the end of the year.  However, both companies use Komag as the primary supplier of their high density platters -- and it should not be a surprise if we see 1TB hard disk drives as well.

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By cornfedone on 9/16/2006 12:17:18 AM , Rating: -1
There probably isn't one PC user in 10,000 that has any use for a HD greater than 10 GB let alone TB sizes. Most PCs are a mess of corrupt files and other crap. It's funny to listen to the newbies whine about not having enough room for their illegal music and porn files... They can afford a PC but they can't buy a clue. That's pretty funny.

As long as the HD companies have nothing to sell but increased HD capacity, they are treading on thin ice and the recent financial losses and industry down sizing prove this. There will always be a few morons who buy into the mentality that more is better and too much is just enough.

By abhaxus on 9/16/2006 12:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
true that a substantial amount of my relatively modest 450GB of HD space is taken up with pr0n and mp3 files, but probably 2/3 of my 90gb of MP3s are from CDs I ripped, and for the pr0n, well... a few torrent sites will fill your HDD pretty quick.

The main reason I want a bigger drive is for HDTV recording... I would LOVE to be able to dump my comcast DVR onto my computer to save HD programs, and that simply isnt possible right now unless you blow your money on a raid 5 array populated with 750gb hard drives.

By JDub02 on 9/18/2006 9:09:15 AM , Rating: 2
Start thinking past a home user. This is much more exciting news in terms of business storage. Right now, my company has around 300TB of data and that's growing exponentially every year. The prospect of a 2.5TB drive is fantastic.

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