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Date posted: 05/02/2007
Hitachi has unveiled a new IDE drive which stores one terabyte (TB) or 1024 gigabytes of information on its surfaces. It uses perpendicular magnetic recording ? instead of normal parallel - to make space for all that data.
"The previous generation of recording technology was called longitudinal and it basically recorded the bits laying down, now we're recording the bits standing up," said Kelly O'Sullivan from Hitachi.
"So if you think of it that way, you're stacking a lot more data in a shorter area, therefore you get a terabyte."
With so much data being written to the hard drive, wear and tear is inevitably a concern. So the Hybrid Storage Alliance is promoting a new laptop unit with a built in flash chip that stores all the data you are currently calling on.
That reduces disk spinning time, increases longevity and has other benefits.
"A hybrid solution will extend your battery life. If you're on a plane for two or three hours and you don't want to stop working on a project you want to keep going - so battery is really important in a laptop PC," said Joni Clark, chair of the Hybrid Storage Alliance.
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