Study: HDDs Headed for the Bargain Bin, Not Obsolescence

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JohnP

 The right question is what devices will be using hard drives in the future? smartphones? Cloud storage? NAS boxes? Consoles? Autos?

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OddManOut

Ok, HDDs will be around for a while longer for mass storage. SSDs will emerge as the viable and speedy boot disk.

Desktop computers will have no problem with this type of setup (I already have it).  The problem is that most laptops/netbooks/notebooks can only hold one drive.  Therefore, I forsee a hybrid HDD/SSD drive that is either explicitly partitioned or has smart partitioning that allows OS/frequently used files to be placed on the SSD and the rest on the HDD.  It could happen.

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K0BALT

Who the hell needs 14TB? If you target the average consumer, does that mean a simple 1TB drive will cost not even $10? I dunno...... I'm making the switch to SSD's soon.

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xchrissypoox

In the future everything will be digital maybe. so then we would have a lot more drm loaded movies on our hard drives. Games are getting into the teens in GB which is pretty big, they could be in the X0s or X00s by then (as I recall MGS4 uses a whole 50GB disc though thats playstation). Its all speculation but I'd say 14GB then would be about as much overkill as 1TB now, its room to grow.

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The Relic

I remember thinking that when I got my first HDD..."How am I gonna fill up 10MB?" Right now I have a 120GB as my main drive and a 1TB as my storage drive, and I still have a lot of room still on both, but with games getting bigger and bigger size-wise...

I hope to eventually go with an SSD boot drive, once the prices come down myself. 

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OddManOut

Do it - you will wonder how you lived without it.  You really don't need anything that big either if you want to do a boot SSD and HDD application/storage drive setup.

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rseding91

It could happen.

A year ago i bought a 750 GB hard drive for $160(the cheapest at the time) and now you can get 1.5 TB hard drives for $120 - or less if you want to lower the cache or RPMs.

at $160 for 750 GB it's - 21¢ per GB
at $120 for 1500 GB it's - 8¢ per GB

It would seem that if this keeps up a 14TB hard drive for $40 doesn't sound that far-fetched.

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Havok

 But these'let's peer into a crystal ball' ways of thinking don't solve practical problems. Think about it. Would you have waited a whole extra year to buy a 1.5 terabyte drive for around 140-ish dollars? I know I wouldn't. I'd still have gotten the 750 gb, THEN bought the 1.5 later and would have popped both into a server or raid array. If 'analysts' or what not are always saying 'oh, but wait, next year things will be cheaper', no one would buy any hardware. With a melting economy, buying anything helps and will help it get back on it's feet.

 

 

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Taz0

You're completely missing the point. It's not about "waiting" for the next jump in capacity of lower prices or whatever. That's short term. The article is about the long term - whether flash memory is truly a viable, sustainable and affordable technology for mass storage, or more accurately, whether it can compete with magnetic storage in the long run.

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Havok

 Yes and we can all be Futureist's and predict that in the year 2057, we'll all have AMD Optics Implanted into our eyes for a Virtual reality experience. Seriously, I hate this 'we fore-see the future of techology!' crap. Just like what Gordon said, "No one will be around to tell them they were full of sh-"

 

 

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nekollx

 No one will be around in 12 years?

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K0BALT

12/21/12

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The Relic

I am gonna make it a point to listen to 2112 on 12/21/12 ^_^.

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DogPatch1149

HDDs may not be headed for obsolescence, but those FDDs in the picture certainly are.

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