Market research firm IHS predicts a fast increase in HDD storage densities and, as a result, a similarly strong increase in storage capacities.
Both Seagate and Western Digital have improved their HDD shipments following the disastrous Thailand flood last year.
Sony is pushing the industry into ditching the old-school tape storage system with its new Optical Disc Archive Drive.
Market researchers believe that the HDD industry will be able to recover this year and grow unit shipments again.
This new areal density milestone could pave the way to 3.5-inch drives with 60 TB capacities.
Western Digital (WD) and Toshiba announced that the two companies have reached an agreement under which WD will sell certain 3.5-inch manufacturing and distribution assets.
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