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I think less platters is better... the hard drive can control inertia better and get better seek times, etc.

The platter is the round disk that data is written to inside your hard drive. You usually have multiple platters and multiple heads for each platter.

www.howstuffworks.com if you really want details.

EDIT: Haha, 3 people beat me to it.
post #12 of 38
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I think less platters is better... the hard drive can control inertia better and get better seek times, etc.

The platter is the round disk that data is written to inside your hard drive. You usually have multiple platters and multiple heads for each platter.

www.howstuffworks.com if you really want details.

EDIT: Haha, 3 people beat me to it.
You're right about the fact that less platters is better in terms of seek times and inertia control. Also, denser platters (meaning platters with higher storage capacity) often have better performance, since the data is compressed closer together.
    
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I think less platters is better... the hard drive can control inertia better and get better seek times, etc.

The platter is the round disk that data is written to inside your hard drive. You usually have multiple platters and multiple heads for each platter.

www.howstuffworks.com if you really want details.

EDIT: Haha, 3 people beat me to it.
Correct.. more platters for the same storage is worse due to inertia and lower data density.
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Edited due to confusion:
Things are moving towards smaller platters but more of them. (Compared to the older disks, i.e over time disks have shrunk)

The area of density on platters is increasing with technology. (Obvious)

Smaller platters spin up quicker,less drain on motor and smaller motor needed (i.e less work for a 3.5" drive of today than the old style 5.25" Again the reason behind smalll form factor disks in laptops etc)

Less room for the head to move compared to a large platter.

but if you have smaller platters you need more of them.
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polly the platypus says:

YOU CALL THOSE PLATTERS?!

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Things are moving towards smaller platters but more of them.
The area of density on platters is increasing with technology.

Smaller platters spin up quicker,less drain on motor (or smaller motor needed)

Less room for the head to move compared to a large platter.

but if you have smaller platters you need more of them.
The 3.5" HD platter size hasn't ever changed.

It is only the number of platters and data density.
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Is western Digital going to make a 1TB hard Drive?
    
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At some point I'm sure they will.
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Don't more platters equal more noise?
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Woah I just learned a lot about hard drive today!

o.o

Nice for the storage but those seek times seem a little slow. Of course they're gonna be slow for the new tech though, so we'll see.

edit: i think that made sense...I'm really bad at explaining things.
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