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Hitachi Claims 5TB HDDs By 2010

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Hitachi Claims 5TB HDDs By 2010

Hitachi is ever so fond of a bold prediction and it is now upping its 4TB HDDs by 2011 guesstimate to 5TB models by 2010.

Nikkei Net is the site to bring us this update which also comes with the rather startling revelation by Hitachi storage guru Dr Yoshihiro Shiroishi that a pair of 5TB drives will "provide the same storage capacity as the human brain" (well, maybe Hugo's...).

Seriously however it will be interesting to see whether Hitachi can back up this claim or whether it simply feels the need to give confidence to long term investors scared by the relentless assault from SSD.

Personally I think a combination of the two is most likely and it won't be much fun in Hitachi's R&D lab right now where I suspect a number of sadomasochistic taskmasters are readying studded leather whips as we speak (too graphic?). Furthermore, while I don't want to sound like the most pessimistic guy in the room, SSD capacities are increasing at an exponential rate while their fall in prices is similarly breakneck (we're still stunned by that OCZ announcement).

Ultimately then, we applaud you Hitachi, but by 2010 we wonder if you might be backing the wrong horse...

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Matthew Bunton

July 7, 2008, 10:16 am

Good lord 5TB that's incredible however, although great for storage I still think that SSD are the way forward.





Initially I think that most people will use an SSD for the OS and applications and an HD for data storage at least until SSD can compete with regards to pricing and size.

Andy Vandervell

July 7, 2008, 2:04 pm

Mechanical drives will be around for a long time yet. When it comes to storing large amounts of data it's by far and away the most cost effective and that won't change for a very long time.

HSC

July 7, 2008, 6:52 pm

so what happens in the mean time... has the market stagnated...?


it's been well over a year since 1Tb HDD's arrived - and although prices have come down (which has in turn driven down the cost of smaller drives) there seems to be nothing bigger on the way.





Don't tell me I have to wait 3 years for bigger drives....

betelgeus

July 8, 2008, 3:17 am

yes but after some extensive benchmarks,i've found the brain has a much higher transfer rate.

jopey

September 26, 2008, 6:09 pm

"so what happens in the mean time... has the market stagnated...?


it's been well over a year since 1Tb HDD's arrived - and although prices have come down (which has in turn driven down the cost of smaller drives) there seems to be nothing bigger on the way."





Samsung's 1.5TB drive comes out next week.

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