Dell and Alienware will be the first to sell 1 terabyte hard drives. The drives are made by Hitachi and will soon make their way into Dell and Alienware computers. After a 2 or 3 week period of Dell/Alienware exclusiveness they will hit retail markets.
The drives are putting 200GB on each platter for a 5 platter design. Seagate did say that they would be shipping a 1 terabyte hard drive in the first quarter of this year with 250GB per platter but that got pushed to the second quarter of this year.
I don’t think I will buy one of these hard drives for a while, I don’t quite trust the high density platters yet. After hearing that the drives have to basically fix and recover data all the time I’m not sure if I trust them yet. The biggest hard drive I own is only 160GB and I think it will stay that way for a while, I don’t want to make any crazy outlandish statements like “no one will ever need more than a terabyte of storage” but I’m not sure if the average Joe will need this for a little while, we all are dealing with more and more video on a daily basis but I don’t think that its getting to the point where my mom will need something like this, at least not for a while.
Want to get your hands on one of those new fancy SSD but have a DIY side? well now you can buy yourself 2 or 4 SD cards and this SSD kit and you can have yourself your very own Solid State Disk. With a full capacity of 4 2GB SD cards you can have yourself 8GB of storage.
I have found though that if you can live without building the thing yourself with your own SD cards you can buy yourself a 16GB version for about the same price.
This would be a great thing, it would make your iPods last longer in battery life and the life of the device however this is of course a rumor. Apple Insider is saying that this would come with the next revamp of the iPod and may come as early as winter 2007. The new iPod may bring the iPod functionality in the iPhone out into a stand alone device. Check out the whole article by Apple Insider here.
Seagate introduced a new drive called the Savvio there are two models. They are 36GB and 73GB. They spin at 15,000RPM and using perpendicular recording to become only 2.5″ drives. The drive is shipping but is a Server based product and isn’t being sold as a desktop drive. I can’t wait until I’ll be able to buy a 73GB 15,000RPM SATA drive for my Laptop. It’s coming, I can’t wait.
Sandisk is releasing a solid state hard drive it will be a 32GB drive and will cost about $600. They are saying 2 million hours as mean time before failure.
Having a 62MB per second sustained read rate it is fairly fast, It also is said to only use .4 watts of power compared to 1 watt of power of a standard hard drive. The drive is available to OEM builders right now.