Toshiba storage breakthrough could bring 10TB HDDs

By Matthew ยท 36 replies
Aug 18, 2010
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  1. Toshiba has announced a storage breakthrough that it will demonstrate today at a conference in San Diego. By using a technique called bit-pattern recording, the prototype to be shown boasts an areal density of 2.5Tb per square inch. That's about five times more than the company's existing products, meaning three-platter 10TB hard drives are entirely plausible, and Toshiba is working on doubling that density to 5Tb per square inch -- just when we thought HDDs were on their way out.

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  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Wow! This just made me clench up a bit when I read it. This actually has me excited - too bad we won't see it before 2013.
  3. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    This + a 400GB affordable SSD would be all I could ever ask for, storage wise.
  4. Correct me if I am wrong but wont they have to replace BIOS (32bit) to run drives much bigger than 2 gig .
  5. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I bet before 2013 they'll find a way to solve the 32-bit issue, I guess after this achivement that problem is just a piece of cake...
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I wonder what the defrag/Virus scan protocol for a couple of 10 TB drives would be? right now its rather lengthy for the 2TB i have now......not to be a downer or anything.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    LOL....these guys are going to put themselves out of business. It's kind of like inventing a tire that will go 250,000 miles before you need to replace it.
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    It would be one of those, set it to run defrag then jet off for a suntan for 2 weeks affairs I think.... ;) pmsl.

    Seriously though, 10TB... Thats mad! I've found the bigger I've done for HDD's, the more junk I collect. lol.
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    You guys keep typing GB - this is TB we're talking about!
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I think so yes!
    I think that falls under The old adage "any job will immediately expand to fill the time afforded "

    yes, 10TB and a six year can hear the Toshiba pink slips being written.

    EDIT ********I would like to point out that 3 of the 4 I typed I had as TB :) ...okay LNC, Fixed******
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    ;) Corrected. :D

    It makes you wonder how big filesizes will be in years to come.

    10TB would be monumental for a HTPC. :D
  12. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +377

    Of course there is the point to be made of the massive initial demand from datacenters and businesses to upgrade for better [insert type] efficiency and more storage that might offset the lower turnaround rate. Also, as businesses and information increasingly becomes digital, there will always be the need for more space. If magnetic platter HDDs stay competitive with SSDs in price and relative capacity and performance, it'll keep them around that much longer (and hopefully forcing SSD's price point farther down).
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    That's a good point, but I don't see how they possibly can remain viable if only from a maintenance and reliability standpoint.
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    SSD's aren't long term tested though are they?

    Only time will tell how they turn out, but I have say I regret purchasing mine when I could have had 3 Velociraptor's with change to spare.
  15. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    That's what i say.
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    well put in practice no, they obviously cant be, but, they have been tested for a read/write longevity and it is on the average they will long outlast HDD's. SSD's have something HDD's do not, wear leveling. (and being solid state as opposed to mechanical) They do not write to the same cells over and over. so a 100,000 R/W SSD will be difficult to wear out. The controller will tank first. I guess we will see. But when was the last time a stick of memory 'wore out' on you, I mean the the actual module, not something else taking it out like bad power delivery, the controller going boots up, a bad MB,or OC'ing the begeesus out of it
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117


    True, sorry I should have been clearer and stated in real conditions, but you worked that out anyway. :)

    Time will tell, I must admit I prefer them to SATA hard discs using conventional mechanical technology, but I've only ever used 5400/7200rpm drives so can't really personally compare them to anything else.

    Its just a shame they're so much money right now really.

    In an ideal world I think I'd prefer having higher capacity SSD's for storage needs, if only for the performance enhancements.
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    They have been un-traditionally slow to come down in price, I don't know if people are not trusting them or why they have not followed the path of most other components.
  19. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I'd actually be interested to see the percentages of sales to OEMs vs. individual sales vs. commerical (servers etc) sales.

    I could be totally wrong about this, but I get the impression quite a few are shifted with OEM systems these days - But like everyone has come to realise, you have to pay pretty decent money to get the true advantages of the SSD write/read speeds.
  20. the larger the better
    I think the new technology affects the capacity not the longevity of the drive
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    what we were discussing was not the new tech effecting the longevity of the HDD's, but SDD's VS HDD's longevity as it is.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,027   +2,557

    Do you see where this line of thought could get you into trouble? You would likely need more time to fill a drive of this capacity, yet if if can't be expected to have a longer service life......, a failure becomes a manifold disaster, compared to a piddling, oh say, 1TB drive.

    Um, I know it's corny, but as they say, (or said in my day), "the bigger they are, the harder they fall". Sorta like Blu-Ray, you save time and trouble by only having to lose 1 disc, instead of going to the trouble of losing 10 DVDs.
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Leave it to you to find a new perspective, but that's a good one. I 'compute quite a lot, but I think it would take me 4 years to fill a 10TB HDD, and if I didn't, and as HDD's do not have 'wear leveling', as SSD's do, unless the thing had a 10yr warranty it would be useless. This may be only good for server environments or making 1 and 2TB drives 1 platter. Did that make sense? Vicodin is amazing.....I want to be a I am....WOW! what a view!
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,027   +2,557

    Is This real I said? I pinched myself to find out, nope didn't feel that either...

    Indeed, just ask Michael Jackson. If I might be so bold, (how's that for deadpan), I suggest putting a brick in each back pocket, then enjoying the head "rush" at ground level.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ROFL, I guess my broken ribs warranted it. (wheres the smiley with dilated pupils?)

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