Think the 4TB hard drives hitting the market now are impressive? You’re right. But one group of researchers say that’s nothing compared to the storage capacities that could be unlocked using a new technique they’ve discovered. Dr Joel Yang and his team from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore claim that simply by adding table salt to an existing lithographic process, they have come up with a way of increasing the information density of HDDs six-fold. Basically, 6TB of info could fit onto today's 1TB platters.
Got a hankering for some massive on the run file storage that Seagate’s humongous 4TB external hard drive just can’t fix? Give it time, folks, give it time. Seagate has been upping storage capacity for its drives on a pretty regular basis, and even though that 4TB drive debuted just last month, a Middle Eastern salesman for Seagate has hinted that a 5TB model will be unveiled as early as next January.
It’s a bad time to be one of the top two hard drive manufacturers in the world right now. Both Seagate and Western Digital maintain large manufacturing facilities in Thailand, which is currently battling extreme flooding that has sent people fleeing from their homes and devastated the nation’s infrastructure. Yesterday, Western Digital halted all production at its Bangkok-area facilities, and today, Seagate said that local supply chain issues caused by the flooding will probably affect its production schedule as well.
Is your smart TV too dumb to recognize a 3TB hard drive? You have three choices: Buy a smarter, um, smart TV, invest in a smaller hard drive that won't confuzzle your TV set, or flip the switch on Buffalo's new HD-ALCTU2/V external hard drive to drop from 3TB to 2TB or 1TB, depending on what your not-so-smarty pants TV can handle. It's a pretty cool concept, and one that's not marred by lost storage space should you have to drop down to a lower capacity. Hit the jump to find out why.
As it turns out, Western Digital – despite its name – manufactures a lot of its HDDs in the Eastern hemisphere, namely Thailand and Malaysia. Severe flooding in Thailand has led the company to close its Bangkok facilities for an undetermined amount of time in order to protect the safety of its workers and factories – which could possibly affect HDD stocks in the next quarter.
Mechanical drives might be a bit on the slow side, but the price per GB still makes them king among digital packrats. The technology behind today’s 2 & 3TB drives is currently known as perpendicular magnetic recording, but recently we seem to have hit a wall. Manufacturers are already hard at work on 4 platter-4TB drives, but were starting to reach the limitations of what’s possible. Luckily a recent collaboration by the remaining mechanical drive makers has begun to pay off, and the Storage Technology Alliance believes it has discovered a way to use lasers to blast to 8TB and beyond.
As much as we'd like to be able to pick up a high performing 1TB or 2TB solid state drive for pennies per gigabyte, the market just isn't there yet. And since hard drives still offer oodles of storage at pauper level pricing, they must be flying out the factory door, right? Not exactly. We're still not at the crossover point where it automatically makes more sense to pick up an SSD over a mechanical HDD, but several factors are collectively playing a role in slowing global HDD shipments.
Toshiba is trying to cover all the bases with its new Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive line. These drives ship in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities for local backups, support fast transfers via SuperSpeed USB 3.0, support plug-and-play operation, and come pre-loaded with cloud-based backup software.
Seagate on Wednesday started shipping the highest capacity external hard drive in the world. The company’s FreeAgent GoFlex Desk family now boasts a 4TB drive, which is a first for the industry. Even though this particular capacity might be a first, but the company is no stranger to having the distinction of selling the world’s highest capacity hard drive. It had raised the HDD capacity bar last September as well when it became the first company to begin shipping a 3TB drive. Hit the jump for details.
If you’re looking for the blazing-fast read/write speeds of a solid state drive combined with the massive storage capacities of traditional models, OCZ just announced a hybrid drive with your name on it. The RevoDrive Hybrid does more than just mash-up a 100GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, it also tosses PCIe transfer technology into the mix, allowing it to achieve data transfer speeds much faster than the SATA-sporting Seagate hybrids on the market.