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    Last year, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies predicted hard-drive companies would announce 1 terabyte drives by the end of 2006. Hitachi was only off by a few days.

    The company said on Thursday that it will come out with a 3.5-inch-diameter 1 terabyte drive for desktops in the first quarter, then follow up in the second quarter with 3.5-inch terabyte drives for digital video recorders, bundled with software called Audio-Visual Storage Manager for easier retrieval of data, and corporate storage systems.

    The Deskstar 7K1000 will cost $399 when it comes out. That comes to about 40 cents a gigabyte. Hitachi will also come out with a similar 750GB drive. Rival Seagate Technology will come out with a 1 terabyte drive in the first half of 2007.
    The two companies, along with others, will tout their new drives at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will show off hybrid hard drives, as well.

    A terabyte is a trillion bytes, or a million megabytes, or 1,000 gigabytes, as measured by the hard-drive industry. (There are actually two conventions for calculating megabytes, but this is how the drive industry counts it.) As a reference, the print collection in the Library of Congress comes to about 10 terabytes of information, according to the How Much Information study from U.C. Berkeley. The report also found that 400,000 terabytes of e-mail get produced per year. About 50,000 trees would be necessary to create enough paper to hold a terabyte of information, according to the report.

    Who needs this sort of storage capacity? You will, eventually, said Doug Pickford, director of market and product strategy at Hitachi. Demand for data storage capacity at corporations continues to grow, and it shows no sign of abating. A single terabyte drive takes up less space than four 250GB drives, which lets IT managers conserve on computing room real estate. The drive can hold about 330,000 3MB photos or 250,000 MP3s, according to Hitachi's math.

    Consumers, meanwhile, are gobbling up more drive capacity because of content like video. An hour of standard video takes up about 1GB, while an hour of high-definition video sucks up 4GB, Pickford said.

    Consumers, though, tend to be skeptical of ever needing more storage capacity.

    "We heard that when we brought out 1 gigabyte drives," Pickford said.

    The boost in capacity for desktop drives comes in part through the introduction of perpendicular recording technology to 3.5-inch-diameter drives. In perpendicular drives, data can be stored in vertical columns, rather than on a single plane. Drive makers have already released notebook drives, which sport smaller 2.5-inch-diameter drives, with perpendicular recording. The 1 terabyte drives will be Hitachi's first 3.5-inch drives with perpendicular recording.

    Currently, Hitachi sells 3.5-inch drives that hold 500GB of data, while Seagate has come out with a 750GB data drive.

    Drive makers convert to perpendicular recording when the need for areal density, the measure of how much data can be crammed into a square inch, passes 125 gigabits. The terabyte drive (and the 750GB drive) can hold 148 gigabits per square inch, or 148 billion bits. Hitachi's previous 3.5-inch drives maxed out at 115 gigabits per square inch.

    The hard drive turned 50 last year, and over the past five decades data capacity has increased at a fairly regular and rapid pace. The first drive, which came with the RAMAC computer, weighed about a ton and held 5MB of data.

    Hard-drive scientists say that increases in capacity will continue because of technologies like heat-assisted recording and patterned media.
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    You could put a whole lot of porn on there.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by vovan
      You could put a whole lot of porn on there.

      HD Porn
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      • #4
        Pretty good. At times, I feel very happy that I do not do video editing and generally do not keep too many videos around. With 240 GB of storage space, I am plenty satisfied. Of course, I know I will also eventually need more space, but probably not for another 2 years.

        Though news like this makes you miss the days when you got a 1 GB drive and thought it's waaaaay enough...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Solver

          Though news like this makes you miss the days when you got a 1 GB drive and thought it's waaaaay enough...
          No offense, but I can remember when I wet my pants getting a 10 Mb disc instead of those damn 8" floppys
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            While I wasn't with PCs in the time of 10 MB discs, I was before 1 GB hard drives . But the 1 GB mark (along with the 500 MHz CPU mark) is what I have the most vivid memories of.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by BlackCat
              No offense, but I can remember when I wet my pants getting a 10 Mb disc instead of those damn 8" floppys
              My father always does that. I'll be like, man, look how cheap hard drives are per GB of space. Progress is mind-boggling. And he'll start going off about how back in the day there were no hard drives, and going to a drive from a floppy-only machine was a blessing, and how I therefore wouldn't know progress if it bit me in the ass.

              On the topic of the drives themselves, though, I don't know, I'm not that impressed by the 1TB drive. What I am really holding my breath for are the solid-state drives that Toshiba (I think) and SanDisk announced for later this year.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by vovan


                My father always does that. I'll be like, man, look how cheap hard drives are per GB of space. Progress is mind-boggling. And he'll start going off about how back in the day there were no hard drives, and going to a drive from a floppy-only machine was a blessing, and how I therefore wouldn't know progress if it bit me in the ass.
                I like your father - he seems like a sensible guy

                What really was an imrovement, it was going from 4 MHz cpu's to 16 ditto. You have no clue what such an improvement meant.
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                • #9
                  Speaking of old hard drives. Somewhere in 1994 or so, hard drives used to cost, I believe, about 1.5USD per megabyte. At those prices, this terabyte disk would cost quite a bit .
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                  • #10
                    Well, in 94, my main concern was devices and storages that was able to make a backup during night - EXA byte was really a great invetion
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                    • #11
                      Lucky you, my main concern then was why the heck was Reversi removed from Windows 3.1!
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                      • #12
                        I have worked in the IT business for some 22 years and it was only three years ago I was so unfortunate to get involved in a M$ program - that was really an experience of the bad - "use the standard" and the program sucks
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                        • #13
                          I currently have one 150GB, one 320GB, and three 500GB HDDs in my case; this would clean up the clutter quite a bit

                          But, what if it died on me. Eggs in one basket, etc.
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                          • #14
                            What the heck do you do with that space? Provide hosting for YouTube or pornsites?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BlackCat
                              I have worked in the IT business for some 22 years and it was only three years ago I was so unfortunate to get involved in a M$ program - that was really an experience of the bad - "use the standard" and the program sucks
                              You probably deserve a medal for holding out this long without MS program involvement .
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