Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion. [Source]
I can’t wait for this to become a real product. With HD movies, and music collections in AAC Lossless, we’re going to need all the storage we can get. And I know some will say: that’s what the cloud is for. The problem is that ISPs don’t want unlimited connections anymore, so the cloud to me is limited by the amount of data one can use every month. And also, SSD prices are coming down, but much too slowly. Let’s see how reliable and feasible what Seagate says it can do is in reality.