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Harddrives to Hit 3TB Capacities By November

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A TDK chart paves the road to 3 TB hard drives by November.

Softpedia reports that hard drive head manufacturer TDK released a chart revealing hard drive capacity updates for 2010. The chart indicates that-- for 3.5-inch HDDs--the company is moving from 500 GB per platter to 640 GB per platter.

This update means that hard drive manufacturers can now crank out HDDs with 2.5 TB storage capacities (using four platters), and five-platter HDDs offering a whopping 3 TB of storage.

The chart indicates that TDK plans to launch the update next month, with the new HDDs appearing on the market by November.

As for the smaller 2.5-inch form factor, hard drive manufacturers will be able to use the just-launched 375 GB platters as soon as this month. This will be a small bump up from the previous 320 GB platters, however storage makers will now be able to manufacture HDDs with 750 GB of storage using two platters.

According to TechConnect, 2.5-inch HDDs with 750 GB are expected to hit the market sometime this October. Still, with the release of SSDs, are mechanical drives a dying technology?

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    captaincharisma , February 8, 2010 5:15 PM
    i cannot wait to get a 3TB drive for 99 bucks lol. i would love to get one of these for my PVR
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    Silmarunya , February 8, 2010 5:22 PM
    JohnnyLuckyHow many movies can be stored on a 3TB drive? Are 3TB hard drives aimed at the home theater market or commercial data storage? I'm having a hard drive imagining the massive storage capabilities.


    They'll certainly find a market in enterprise use, still the largest market for hardware. And I can imagine that workstations and certain home theater PC's could use that much storage.

    And to reply to the question in the article: I don't think magnetic storage is dying just yet. It will have a massive pricing advantage for years to come and capacity is still far ahead. The best SSD's manage 1TB, but are nearly unaffordable. Meanwhile, dirt cheap 3TB drives are being prepared...

    SSD's are great as a boot drive, maybe as a primary drive in higher end systems in a few years time, but I think that it will be at least a year or 3 before magnetic storage will start dying.
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  • 14 Hide
    captaincharisma , February 8, 2010 5:15 PM
    i cannot wait to get a 3TB drive for 99 bucks lol. i would love to get one of these for my PVR
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2010 5:18 PM
    I love the photo. Is that a 10 MByte drive from the early 80's, maybe with an 8 inch platter?
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    Silmarunya , February 8, 2010 5:22 PM
    JohnnyLuckyHow many movies can be stored on a 3TB drive? Are 3TB hard drives aimed at the home theater market or commercial data storage? I'm having a hard drive imagining the massive storage capabilities.


    They'll certainly find a market in enterprise use, still the largest market for hardware. And I can imagine that workstations and certain home theater PC's could use that much storage.

    And to reply to the question in the article: I don't think magnetic storage is dying just yet. It will have a massive pricing advantage for years to come and capacity is still far ahead. The best SSD's manage 1TB, but are nearly unaffordable. Meanwhile, dirt cheap 3TB drives are being prepared...

    SSD's are great as a boot drive, maybe as a primary drive in higher end systems in a few years time, but I think that it will be at least a year or 3 before magnetic storage will start dying.
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    daft , February 8, 2010 5:24 PM
    its not soon enough!
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    drksilenc , February 8, 2010 5:31 PM
    ummm yea home theater use, still not big enough. i have a 0+1 that stores 13gb and 12 of it is full soooo
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    hannibal , February 8, 2010 5:37 PM
    Yep... It will take some years until ssd's can compete with prize... After that, it will be bye bye to mechanical drives, but in the mean time the storage kings are going to be old fashioned mechanical drives.
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    omnimodis78 , February 8, 2010 5:38 PM
    Silmarunya...And to reply to the question in the article: I don't think magnetic storage is dying just yet. It will have a massive pricing advantage for years to come and capacity is still far ahead. The best SSD's manage 1TB, but are nearly unaffordable. Meanwhile, dirt cheap 3TB drives are being prepared...SSD's are great as a boot drive, maybe as a primary drive in higher end systems in a few years time, but I think that it will be at least a year or 3 before magnetic storage will start dying.

    I agree with you entirely! In fact, maybe even 3 years is a very optimistic prediction given that magnetic hard drives make perfect sense for regular media storage. SSD could (and should) be used as the system drive, but why not have 8TB (in 3 years?) of magnetic hard drive for movies, music and general documents. I am sure that SSDs won't be quite on the cheap side 3 years from now. I'd say by 2015 or so, SSDs will be common place though.
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    Shadow703793 , February 8, 2010 5:43 PM
    JohnnyLuckyHow many movies can be stored on a 3TB drive? Are 3TB hard drives aimed at the home theater market or commercial data storage? I'm having a hard drive imagining the massive storage capabilities.

    One word: HD pr0n
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    yang , February 8, 2010 5:51 PM
    I know for a fact that my 2TB is actually full from my game collection. Adding another 3TB to my system will definitly allow me to install the rest of my collection.
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    theholylancer , February 8, 2010 5:59 PM
    JohnnyLuckyHow many movies can be stored on a 3TB drive? Are 3TB hard drives aimed at the home theater market or commercial data storage? I'm having a hard drive imagining the massive storage capabilities.



    I have 4 1 TB system, and it is getting filled up, if you rips everything that comes your way due to physical disk fails, you would know the feeling

    granted I should really raid 5 this, but hardware raid 5s are expensive...
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    xaira , February 8, 2010 5:59 PM
    that's good, finding space for my 1080p pron collection was getting to be a hassle.8GB+\movie.
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    tommysch , February 8, 2010 6:14 PM
    theholylancerI have 4 1 TB system, and it is getting filled up, if you rips everything that comes your way due to physical disk fails, you would know the feelinggranted I should really raid 5 this, but hardware raid 5s are expensive...


    Especial BluRays from the renta... You know what I mean.

    I have a 4.5GB RAID JOBD (3x 1.5GB) and its getting filled quite fast at 47GB per file.
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    werfu , February 8, 2010 6:15 PM
    In fact I think both will die in favor of hybrid drives and not so large SSD. Common users don't use lot of hard drive space. Look at your mom. Mine use about only half a gig for its personnal usage. Still I had to buy a 80gig HD because there wasn't anything smaller that made sense. Now, if you look at a geek usage of its HD, most people will only use a small part of their data each day. That's why the hybrid drives should provide a greater experience. The most used data could be cached on the flash drive will other data accessed rarely could be stored on the HD. This way, you'd get the best of both world. I wonder if this can be done in Linux using a kind of soft-RAID ?
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    killerb255 , February 8, 2010 6:18 PM
    Let's not forget GPT.

    inb4 tons of Windows XP users being unable to use the full capacity of their 3 TB hard drives...
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    darraghcoy , February 8, 2010 6:32 PM
    Good news, you can never have enough hard disk space. Having that said though 640 Terabytes ought to be enough for anyone...
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    Onyx2291 , February 8, 2010 6:59 PM
    drksilencummm yea home theater use, still not big enough. i have a 0+1 that stores 13gb and 12 of it is full soooo


    12GB full? Oh my, where ever will that 12gb fit in 3TB?
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    bison88 , February 8, 2010 7:06 PM
    I'm looking forward to my next upgrade around the 5TB range. Slap 4 in a RAID0 and I am good to go for a decade :) .
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    apache_lives , February 8, 2010 7:20 PM
    theholylancerI have 4 1 TB system, and it is getting filled up, if you rips everything that comes your way due to physical disk fails, you would know the feelinggranted I should really raid 5 this, but hardware raid 5s are expensive...


    I have a RAID5 server with 3x1tb and 3x1.5tb and 2 RAID5 cards - well worth the investement. Check out the Highpoint RocketRaid 2300 PCIe 1x cards, not hardware raid 5 but performance is better then Nvidia's RAID10 arrays.
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    eyemaster , February 8, 2010 7:24 PM
    Impressive! Talk about not even 20 years ago when I had my 20MB HDD and it was huge! The 1GB HDD's came out about 10 years and a bit ago, costing quite a bit. If I can remember correctly, at one point we were paying 100$ per 100MB, then 100$ per 1GB, now it's 100$ per TB, it's so impressive!
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