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Hitachi tech could lead to 24TB hard drives

updated 11:10 am EST, Thu November 25, 2010

Hitachi develops 3.9Tbit per inch hard drive tech

Hitachi and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) have revealed a new technology that could lead to hard drives with eight times more storage than with existing hardware. A new patterning approach lets polymer materials used for the magnetic storage arrange themselves much more efficiently than in current approaches. The technique produces about 3.9 terabits per inch (488GB) even when applied to otherwise normal drives.

Existing hard drives, including those from Hitachi, top out at 3TB. Applying the self-patterning technique could increase the storage of such a drive to 24TB. Notebook-sized drives currently peak at 1TB but could reach 8TB as a

Hitachi plans to show the technology at the Material Research Society's fall meeting on November 29. It hasn't said how soon it could expect a commercialized version to appear on store shelves. [via CDRInfo]

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  1. stevesnj

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Get with the program Hitachi! We want high capacity SSD's not old style HD's. SSD's are more appealing to me than HD's with motors than can stop when they want to.

  1. TheAppleFreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    And have you seen any SSDs yet with sizes over 1 TB that cost less than $1000?

    I thought not.

    Besides, as awesome as SSDs might be, the technology simply hasn't been developed enough for high capacity uses that have an affordable price per gigabyte.

  1. anly

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You know what that means

    Increasing density will also increase through-put, which is a good thing. I wonder what it will be with these drives. OWC's largest capacity SSD for NB is 480GB but costs 1500+

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