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18TB hard drives made possible using table salt

Oct 16, 2011, 06:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

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"Hard drive storage continues to increase at a steady rate, but just how long can we keep squeezing more data on to those platters? TDK has managed to ensure that the density keeps rising for a few more generations with its HAMR head innovation, but that may have already been rendered redundant through another discovery by a Dr Joel Yang at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).

"Existing hard drives max out at 3TB at the moment. TDK's HAMR promises to take that to 6TB, but Dr Yang has found a way to increase the data density of a drive to 3.3 Terabit/inch2, effectively meaning 18TB hard drives are possible."

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