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2.5 TB HDD Expected in 2010

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The capacity bar has been raised according to TDK's roadmap.

A recent roadmap presented by TDK Corporation--a manufacturer of read/write heads for many hard disk drive (HDD) suppliers--revealed that 640 GB 2.5-inch and 2.5 TB 3.5-inch HDDs should become available around January 2010. For now, Seagate and WD provide HDDs with the largest capacities: 2 TB.

According to Register Hardware, TDK is currently producing high density read/write heads for 250 GB/platter (2.5-inch) and 500 GB/platter (3.5-inch). However, the roadmap indicates that the 2.5-inch drive read heads will jump up to 320 GB/platter (which apparently are already in qualification by its OEMs), and the 3.5-inch drive read heads will move up to 640 GB/platter.

The 3.5-inch 4-platter HDDs are expected to enter mass production in November and exit in January. The 2.5-inch 2-platter drives, on the other hand, will enter manufacturing this month and slip into mass production by December. HDD manufacturers should begin announcing the 2.5-inch drives by the end of the year, and the 3.5-inch drives as early as February 2010.

3.5-inch manufacturers may even provide a possible 3.2 TB, 5-platter model next year.

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    dingumf , August 8, 2009 12:39 AM
    As long as there's bad sectors around, I ain't spending +100 on a HDD.
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    mindless728 , August 8, 2009 2:08 AM
    well this is an issue for people that don;t have good raid cards, the lack of support for 64bit LBA in motherboards will render these HDD's useless (without the 64bit LBA you can't have volumes, not partitions, over 2TiB)
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    belardo , August 8, 2009 4:02 AM
    Never say NEVER!

    They always find a way.
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    AmazingRando , August 8, 2009 4:39 AM
    640GB 2.5" notebook drives with a 320GB/platter design are already here. There is a review with benchmarks for a Seagate drive at http://blog.penguintrail.com/?p=257.
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    Wayoffbase , August 8, 2009 6:52 AM
    I still can't fill 500gb
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    anamaniac , August 8, 2009 7:01 AM
    Wow...
    At 3-8GB a game (assuming 5 for average), that's 500 games for me to pirate on a 2.5GB drive... That's 29 days at max bandwidth downloading for me... wow. My ISP would absolutely hate me (and fine me).
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    NikeWK , August 8, 2009 7:08 AM
    AmazingRando, couldn't agree more
    There are even drives with 334GB/platter design:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/western-digital-1tb-2.5-hdd,8347.html

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    NikeWK , August 8, 2009 7:33 AM
    Also, it has been said about 2.5 inch drives
    "will enter manufacturing this month and slip into mass production by December"
    So when are they coming out? Could it be a mistake?
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    jdog2076 , August 8, 2009 7:18 PM
    Why is it every time there's news about a upcoming larger-capacity hard drive someone always comments "who would ever need that much space!" Guys, *it depends what you do* with your computer that determines how much space you need. If all you use your computer for is "normal" things like web surfing and word processing then no, you don't need much storage. But (case in point) if you're involved in video production you realize that digital video eats hard drive space for breakfast (36 Mbps for DV). There is always a need for more storage.
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    CHRISTLUBAS , August 8, 2009 9:42 PM
    I cant even fill 250GB!!!!
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    830hobbes , August 8, 2009 10:34 PM
    Yawn. I could have told you there will be 2.5TB HDDs next year. Storage space is skyrocketing and we're at 2TB now. So... where's the news in this?
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    belardo , August 8, 2009 11:18 PM
    I can see into the future.

    I predict, that around 1012, 5GB Hard Drives will be on the market.
    1GB SSD Drives will be $500
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    tacoslave , August 9, 2009 12:45 AM
    ^woah are you also the guy who can talk to michael jackson?!!??^
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    LegendaryFrog , August 9, 2009 2:19 AM
    "I can see into the future.

    I predict, that around 1012, 5GB Hard Drives will be on the market.
    1GB SSD Drives will be $500"

    The only place I will be able to find a 5GB hard drive is in my father's old computer from the mid-90's.
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    Anonymous , August 9, 2009 4:01 PM
    lol i have a 2tb drive filled to the brim and a 500gb drive filled to the brim both external ones iomega and the other is western digital. both have worked great.. no issues but my thing is i can always use more space.. i could easily fill another 2 tb drive im running a home media center i have lots of video movies and music i have converted over to play on Apple Tv or PS3 wirelessly over the home network to watch on tv. its a great thing to have most people still have not gotten into this yet.. i could easily fill another 5 tbs.. if it really came down to it..
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    downer88 , August 9, 2009 4:20 PM
    CHRISTLUBASI cant even fill 250GB!!!!

    Ditto, I don't have a need to store pirated stuff.
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    mindless728 , August 9, 2009 8:08 PM
    i have 4x640GB drives (~2.5TB) in my server, 400GB free, and im currently downloading about 250GB on my desktop so....i may need more space
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    matt87_50 , August 9, 2009 11:08 PM
    mindless728well this is an issue for people that don;t have good raid cards, the lack of support for 64bit LBA in motherboards will render these HDD's useless (without the 64bit LBA you can't have volumes, not partitions, over 2TiB)


    i'm confused, why not? (an actual question, not disagreeing with you), 48 bit is the standard at the moment isn't it? that allows numbers up to 280 trillion. even if it was in bits it would allow up to 35TB. what gives? and if I was to guess i would say its in sectors (512 bytes) so it should allow up to 144PB if thats the case... what would make sense is if we were using 32bitLBA, if the unit was sectors then the limit would be 2TB

    also, surely we are up to 1TB increments? if this comes out at twice the price of a 2TB its gonna be a hard sell, even for me who considered paying 4x the price of a 1TB drive for a 2TB ;D

    and to all those ppl who say "no one needs that much space" ask your self why your mobo comes with 4,8 or even 10 sata ports...
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    matt87_50 , August 9, 2009 11:20 PM
    sorry for the double post, just checked over at wiki, it seems that most mobos run 48bit lba in the bios, and therfore support drives up to 128PB :D , the version before that supported 28bit LBA, drives up to 128GB, so, if your mobo supports drives over 128GB, or you know its 48bitLBA, it should support drives up to 128PB (unless there is some other limitation of your mobo/sata card). I do know of a problem with the bios not able to BOOT PARTITIONS over 2TB. but if your system partition is over 2TB, you are insane.
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    Anonymous , August 9, 2009 11:30 PM
    My problem is that none of the 2TB drives are "RAID safe". The WD drives are all Green non-RAID recommended drives, and well Seagate drives just fail nowadays. Same problem for most (but not all) of the 1.5TB drives.

    Plus a single 2TB drive costs 2.0-2.5x a 1.5TB drive.
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