Seagate breaks 1 terabit barrier, 60TB hard drives possible

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  1. nowlan

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    Seagate breaks 1 terabit barrier, 60TB hard drives possible-geek.com

     
  2. G-PhresH

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    OMFG DO WANT!!!!!!!
     
  3. Jim G

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    Well! Looks like this may keep hard drives alive for quite a long time, even with SSDs creeping up in capacity and down in price...
     
  4. TERRA Operative

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    Hopefully reliability doesn't drop with the increased data density...
     
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    finally somewhere to stash the super duper hi def 4K pr0n.
     
  6. aznpsuazn

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    Kind of putting all your eggs into one basket with that one!
     
  7. [SweN]

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    probably need a whole new level of raid to be invented for these bad boys!
     
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    now people who use seagate will lose 6tb of data instead of 3 :p
     
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    Meh, improvements in SSD drive tech gets me more excited these days :tongue:
     
  10. EvilGenius

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    Every time there's a size jump there's someone to post this..


    What I think such a significant size increase would really do is make file backups easier/cheaper. A 60TB hdd would fit my current storage needs twice over. With 2 of them I could run my storage in raid1. With 4 of them I could maintain a 2nd raid1, and with 5 I could maintain an offsite copy, all for the cost of 5 disks. Given it's currently taking me 16 disks just to hold my 25TB of data...

    I know of no other way you could possibly maintain this level of storage integrity and backup so cheaply. Bring on the 60TB disks!
     
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    How the hell are they going to defrag these disks?
     
  12. EvilGenius

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    Same way they do now? Just, assuming you've got it relatively full, slower... :p
     
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    with a lot of time and patience.
     
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    What makes you think they're going to be cheap? If anything, you'll probably be looking at over $2500per drive. And most probably, when/if production starts rolling, it'll be enterprise class. Corporations will get first dibs for massive storage solutions and servers.
     
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    Even if the overall reliability/failure rate stays the same, the amount of data you stand to lose increases significantly, which is kind of the same as a reduced reliability. Completely devastating for those who do not have a backup.
     
  16. EvilGenius

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    Sigh. Look at the history of storage capacity increases and release prices. New drives end up holding more but being released at about the same price as the last biggest drive. Then over then next x period of time, the prices slowly drop on the smaller capacity drives under the current king, which is then replaced by a new king, pushing down the price of the previous. It's s cycle that repeats over and over.
     
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    They won't come out at that price.

    Chances are you'll get the 6TB drives first at what 4TB entered the market (400-500 dollars).
     
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    Worth bearing in mind too that the path to 60TB with this "new" technology is going to be incremental, same as all of the other advances... being able to break the 1 terabit/sq inch barrier in the lab versus actually shipping a reliable 60TB consumer drive are two completely different things. We're not going to see current capacities suddenly multiply by a factor of 10 within 6 or 12 months time.
     
  19. EvilGenius

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    Aware of this, my points were mostly made to dispute others such as the old 'too many eggs in one basket'.


    Still, the time from theory to production for technology like this is incredibly small, especially when compared with breakthroughs in other fields. I'd say the biggest concern is that when they say it will scale 10x higher, they don't mean it like intel did when they said netburst would scale to 10ghz :p
     
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    With 60TB disks I would just run 4 in RAID1 :thumbup:
     

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