Hard drives to increase storage size per sector 8x

According to a report published on German IT news website Golem.de, the "International Disk Drive, Equipment and Materials Association" (IDEMA) has agreed to increase the size of hard sectors from currently 512 Byte to 4096 Byte, which may result in an increased storage density and climbing hard drive storage space.

The report claims that larger sectors enable a more robust error correction. Hard drives with 4 kB sectors are expected to become available later this year. Details on which manufacturer will offer such drives as well as specific capacities of such drives were not available.