Tuesday, June 15


Meanwhile, In The Empire Of Rust

Things aren't looking that great either. From the invention of the hard disk, up until about 1998, storage densities had been doubling roughly every 18 months. Then for a little while things kicked into high gear, with densities doubling every year.

However, since the introduction of the 80GB 3½-inch platter late in 2002, things haven't moved at all. We're now not just behind the fast 12-month curve, but behind the older 18-month curve as well.

Seagate have just announced a new range of drives, including one with a capacity of 400GB across 3 platters. However, it's taken 18 months to bring about an increase of just 66%, which makes the doubling time more than two years.

(Hitachi already has a 400GB drive available, but it uses 5 80GB platters, so it doesn't represent any new technology. Also, the last desktop drive to use 5 platters was IBM's ill-fated GXP75, which was so unreliable that it landed IBM with a class-action suit, leading the company to sell off its disk-drive division... To Hitachi.)

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1 Do you think maybe, perhaps, its possible that the supply of capacity has so outstripped demand that the hard drive guys are holding off until everyone starts collecting as much anime^H^H^H^H^Hdata as you, Pixy? 640KB is not good enough for everybody, but 1TB probably is.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at Thursday, June 24 2004 01:27 PM (sCYzS)

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