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Hardware News   Hardware News : 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
   posted by Ferry on 11-Apr-2005 15:58:48 (4031 reads)
Hitachi has just announced that they have found the way to increase HD capacity by 10.

The method is explained here (Flash animation).



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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 12-Apr-2005 23:02:03
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Does this mean higher transfer speeds to?
As the head doesn't have to move as much..
Maybe only the seek speed is affected?

Of course a highly fragmented 1 terabyte drive would very slow
As any harddrive would.


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Last edited by Samwel on 12-Apr-2005 at 11:03 PM.


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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 13-Apr-2005 3:07:19
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I doubt the transfer speed would increase but since the drive wouldn't need to spin as fast the spin-up time would be faster...

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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 13-Apr-2005 6:30:45
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In 1990 we were using 10 years old, battle proven, storage technology. Nowadays we're lucky if they even test it for 3 months before shipping the new ideas. And frankly I'm beginning to see some problems with that.

I know what you mean. I have an older drive that is working just fine. I had a 120 GB disk die last year that was just over 12 months old. Of course it only had a 12 month warranty.


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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 13-Apr-2005 7:15:59
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Hitachi deskstars suck pretty badly -- keep dying on me. I have a 30GB Western digital that works fine and an old 120MB quantum scsi that's never broken down. They should make sure that the drives are reliable before releasing.

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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 13-Apr-2005 7:40:41
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For seeking, you would still move just as much. It's the mechanics that limits the number of tracks you can have. Density inside a track is bits per length, which means that for the same (or even slower) length per second (rotation speed) you WILL get a higher bits per second count (transfer speed). A harddrive should spin quite fast in order for the heads to stay clear of the surface etc. Spinning at 1/10th of the speed just isn't viable, methinks.

On the other hand, I would MUCH rather have better flash memory, because I'm growing RATHER tired of seeing old drives die. I wonder if a SCSI-IDE adapter and an IDE-CompactFlash adapter together with a 128 or 256MB CF would work on my A500? I need a backup plan for when my last 200M SCSI drive dies...

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Re: 10x Hard Disk capacity?!
Posted on 14-Apr-2005 13:38:23
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Maybe they should look at something that would increase the transfer speed of their website. It must be running from a C64 and 300 baud modem.

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