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Toshiba Tests Super High Density 2.5Tb Tech

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Nearly five times over what we have now.

Are we all about the SSDs these days? From a performance standpoint, yes, but for mass storage needs, it's tough to beat the magnets.

Toshiba is devoting time into the old hard disk realm and have come up with a way to fit lots more data on a given space. The company claims to have successfully produced a hard disk where the magnetic bits are organized in rows; this is called bit-patterned media.

With its bit-patterned prototype, Toshiba said that it has achieved a density of 2.5 terabits per square inch. This is way ahead of what's available on current drives, which top out at 541 gigabits per square inch.

It'll be a while before we see drives based on this technology, however, as Toshiba doesn't see these hitting the market before 2013, according to IDG.

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    Stryter , August 23, 2010 3:21 PM
    ^ Probably R&D. I would think it would market itself. That is a lot of storage. By 2013, SSD prices will have dropped but I don't think they will have the same capacity (at a competitive price) as the good ole HDD. For mass/cheap storage, HDDs are going to be around for some time to come.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , August 23, 2010 3:41 PM
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    By 2013, I'd be curious to see if 2.5tb is still as impressive as it sounds at this moment.


    They arnt talking about a 2.5tb drive, they are talking about per in(2).
    equivalent to around a 10tb drive on 3 platers. And 10tb is alot of disc space.
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    squiggs77 , August 23, 2010 3:09 PM
    Is the 2013 timeframe due to R&D and Manufacturing or due to marketing like with the CDROM speeds back in the day?
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    Stryter , August 23, 2010 3:21 PM
    ^ Probably R&D. I would think it would market itself. That is a lot of storage. By 2013, SSD prices will have dropped but I don't think they will have the same capacity (at a competitive price) as the good ole HDD. For mass/cheap storage, HDDs are going to be around for some time to come.
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    insider3 , August 23, 2010 3:28 PM
    By 2013 SSDs should have an adequate amount of storage. At least enough for the enthusiasts. Still, 2.5TB per square inch is amazing. I can just use that as a cheap archive drive.
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    matt_b , August 23, 2010 3:36 PM
    By 2013, I'd be curious to see if 2.5tb is still as impressive as it sounds at this moment.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , August 23, 2010 3:41 PM
    Quote:
    By 2013, I'd be curious to see if 2.5tb is still as impressive as it sounds at this moment.


    They arnt talking about a 2.5tb drive, they are talking about per in(2).
    equivalent to around a 10tb drive on 3 platers. And 10tb is alot of disc space.
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    dark_lord69 , August 23, 2010 3:48 PM
    matt_bBy 2013, I'd be curious to see if 2.5tb is still as impressive as it sounds at this moment.

    This could mean drives as big as 10TB though!
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    Fetal , August 23, 2010 3:58 PM
    Good. but SSD's are future for us gamers.
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    rantoc , August 23, 2010 4:02 PM
    Considering they squeezed in almost 5 times the density on the same size its not hard to imagine they would manage a 10-15TB 3 1/4 drives if they cant push the denisty even higher in the same size as todays regular drives.

    SSD definatly have the speed but the HDD's still stand for the bulk storage and im quite sure SSD prices will still be to high for consumers to have the bulkstorage based on the tech, i predict most computers will have a SDD for system disk and a HDD for bulk storage.
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    Trashit , August 23, 2010 4:09 PM
    Keep in mind that there are more benefits to higher platter density. It can also mean faster access and transfer speeds. Anyone who uses a NAS for their storage needs with multiple users will be very excited bout this tech :) 
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    wildwell , August 23, 2010 4:23 PM
    Reliability? Heat?
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    nforce4max , August 23, 2010 4:27 PM
    Sweet just what I need. I am always in the need for more storage since I can grab around 2-3gb of new data a day from places like youtube ect. The worst case is around 60-100gb (fraps) a day. I did a walkthrough and it generated a Lot of footage.
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    kelemvor4 , August 23, 2010 4:31 PM
    Hopefully the increased density will translate into greatly increased performance as well.
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    gm0n3y , August 23, 2010 4:36 PM
    It seems like this will make RAID setups a lot more common for home users. Even with 2TB drives its still pretty expensive to run a decent sized RAID 5 array.
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    Mr Pizza , August 23, 2010 5:19 PM
    too bad the world won't be here when it comes out :( 
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    maestintaolius , August 23, 2010 5:35 PM
    squiggs77Is the 2013 timeframe due to R&D and Manufacturing or due to marketing like with the CDROM speeds back in the day?

    My guess it has to do with reliability testing of R+D samples followed by scale up then reliability/quality testing of the mass manufactured samples.
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    danwat1234 , August 23, 2010 5:37 PM
    FetalGood. but SSD's are future for us gamers.

    And us people trying to get a lot of work done on our computers.
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    JOSHSKORN , August 23, 2010 6:03 PM
    I hope they legalize piracy by 2013 because otherwise over 80% of most of everyone's hard drive will just remain empty. Kidding aside, I really don't see a reason to have hard drives this big on a personal computer. Servers, yes. How many full-length Blu-Ray movies could you fit in 10 TB, anyway?
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    masop , August 23, 2010 6:13 PM
    Mr Pizzatoo bad the world won't be here when it comes out


    LOL!
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    TheDuke , August 23, 2010 6:20 PM
    maybe lower storage SSDs will be cheap by then
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    masop , August 23, 2010 6:27 PM
    JOSHSKORNI hope they legalize piracy by 2013 because otherwise over 80% of most of everyone's hard drive will just remain empty. Kidding aside, I really don't see a reason to have hard drives this big on a personal computer. Servers, yes. How many full-length Blu-Ray movies could you fit in 10 TB, anyway?


    About 600 to 1200 or so x264 (1080p) encodes averaging 8gb to 16gb each respectively. I wouldn't mind a drive of that size, but would have to be able to have a comparable backup system in place for it, lol. I can see this as not being a cost effective solution initially, though enthusiasts and others with deep pockets will be happy to pick up a drive or two of that size. Just imagine, one day a 10TB drive of some sort will be standard in all soon to be modern desktop pc's with 5 TB in laptops, lol. :-)
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