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18TB hard drives made possible using table salt

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for this link. ]

“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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