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Thursday, January 04, 2007

January 4 - 300TB HDD

If you thought Seagate Barracuda's 7200.10 750GB HDD was big, then this is going to blow you away! According to iTWire...

"Just in time be installed in the PS4, an Xbox 720, the Wii Wii, a TiVo for masses of HDTV recording, a computer running the successor to Vista or Mac OS X, Seagate wants you to store it all on a massive 300 TB hard drive."

No typo. Incredible as it may seem, by 2010, Seagate have predicted that each single square inch of the platter will be able to store a mindblowing 50TB. So what does this mean? In uncompressed format, you can store the entire Libary Of Congress on a single disc, and still have room for a couple of HD Movies. How does it work? Well, holographic storage is rumoured to play a big role. I know I'm supposed to be a Geek, or as 'A Day In The Life' kindly put it, a cutey, but I've never heard of holo-storage.

Can you imagine trying to do a full disc defrag on this baby? It takes long enough on the Seagate Barracuda 750GB... So I can tell you that I'm not looking forward to a massive 10-day wait whilst in moves my blocks of data into the right places.

I'm not even going to speculate on the price of something like this. There would really be little point. Technology will have advanced by '010, I couldn't get even close. But something that can store the equivalent of 6144 50GB Blu-Ray discs is pretty impressive stuff! That said, I can't imagine it being terribly cheap. Now we just need a Terabyte USB stick, so we can make Windows Vista Readyboost worth it's chips.

That's a thought actually...


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