Samsung HDDs reach 1TB per platter areal density


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Samsung has announced a new breakthrough in HDD areal density, pushing up to one terabyte of data per platter in a new line of drives being shown off at this year's CeBIT convention in Hanover, Germany. The company demonstrated a 3.5-inch two-terabyte, two-platter model during the event that will launch as part of its Spinpoint EcoGreen series of drives featuring 5400RPM spindle speeds, 32MB of cache and SATA 6Gbps connectivity.

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yeeeeeeeeeeeeessssss. Now my dream would be half height one platter 7200RPM 1TB drives like they had in the older days (the half height drives, not the 1 TB drives). Talk about drive density while having less data at risk per drive. The 2.5" 1TB is nice too, but a halfheight 3.5" would be faster. =3


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dcrosenthal said:
I agree... Wonder when SDD will ever go down...

They will, but while we have the "more speed" hysteria it will go soooooo slow, i had been happy since they got to 200MB/S since its not only the read/write speed increase, but also the huge improve in those time seeks and not less important the noise elimination!. Even if they had a 50MB read/write speed like most of the standard HDD's its a huge improvement on time seeks and the "lag" when you are multi reading/writing or when Windows decides to do who knows what in the background (specially when you are playing >.>), so yeah it sux to have to wait >:\


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Wasn't it just a few months ago that Western Digital reached 500GBs per platter? We could see a comeback for HDDs in general.


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It's something to keep us going while SSDs improve. :)

I think they complement them very well even when you do have one.

I've just invested in a Samsung Spinpoint F4, 2TB to use for media storage. I haven't actually made any effort to record transfer speeds whilst in use, but it seems very impressive so far. I'll definitely be ordering a couple more once I have another SSD to use for Linux. Even for those of us with an SSD, we still need big disks for file storage - the traditionally smaller sizes due to cost mean you need somewhere else to store your data, and even apps in some cases.

Wasn't it just a few months ago that Western Digital reached 500GBs per platter? We could see a comeback for HDDs in general.

Mechanical disks are here for a few years to come yet. With the way media is ever increasing (and files sizes along with it), there isn't going to be a more cost effective solution for multi-terabyte storage for the forseeable future.

SSD's are more performance or enthusiast/gaming orientated, besides losing the moving parts (thus making them silent) they have no use in the average users computer, where the additional speed goes to waste - I paid £59 delivered for my 2TB Samsung SpinPoint F4 a week or so ago, whereas the SSD I was considering (OCZ Vertex 2E) cost £130 ish for only 90GB.

With those prices it has no comeback to make, it hasn't gone anywhere in the first place!