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Exclusive: Seagate confirms 3TB drive

May 18, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Hardwidge)

"After a few weeks of rumours, Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed to Thinq that "we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year," but the move to 3TB of storage space apparently involves a lot more work than simply upping the areal density.

"The ancient foundations of the PC's three-decade legacy has once again reared its DOS-era head, revealing that many of today's PCs are simply incapable of coping with hard drives that have a larger capacity than 2.1TB.

"The root of the problem is the original LBA (logical block addressing) standard, which can't assign addresses to capacities in excess of 2.1TB. Originally set out by Microsoft and IBM as a part of the original DOS standard, the original LBA standard assigns an address to each 512-byte sector – the smallest physical block of data on a hard drive"

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