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hey guys. i was curious to know if there is any technological developments for hard drives (any kind) currently and if there would be any in the future.
 

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hey guys. i was curious to know if there is any technological developments for hard drives (any kind) currently and if there would be any in the future.
the real future is SSD's but right now they are too expensive to be a viable option for most people.
 

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As mentioned Solid State drives in one form or another are the future. No moving parts, increased energy/performance ratio, longer lasting (potential). I imagine 5 years from today we might have 1TB SSD's with 4 Gbit/sec performance or higher at a cost of $150/TB. That's my vision anyway.
 

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The next generation hard drive technologies are:
1) Thermal Expansion... The space under the head is heated to expand the material and allows for greater data density.
2) Etched Disk... the surface of the platter will be physical shaped to better store/isolate the cells to allow greater data density.

HDD's can compete against SSD in terms of performance. However, they can compete in terms of GB/cost for years to come.
 

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SSD for sure.got my ssd few weeks before windows 7 and never going back to a regular hd for my main hard drive to install apps or games.
 

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Just bought me an Intel X25-M 160GB G2 SSD, they are the future! (for now, everything changes).
 

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Several manufacturers are also looking at variable spin speed disks - pretty much exactly what most people think the WD Green drives use. Basically slow down the spindles when the disk is under low load, and speed up when higher speeds are needed to keep power consumption low but maintain acceptable performance levels.

As Duckie said - the HDD is and will remain the only way to get high capacity storage for a reasonable cost for the foreseeable future. Doubtless the day will come that the HDD is fully obsoleted, but when that day comes SSDs may also have gone the way of the dodo too. I expect the day will come when there is no real difference between RAM and more long-term storage - cpus (or whatever cpus become) will have onboard cache, but everthing else lives in the storage medium permanently. SSDs are already a step towards this.
 

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yeah agreed, ssd's are the future for sure. They use close to 1 watt of power, use almost no cpu power, and in general have much much better constant read/write speeds than hdd's do. Now, if only the price was like hdd's
 

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Several manufacturers are also looking at variable spin speed disks - pretty much exactly what most people think the WD Green drives use. Basically slow down the spindles when the disk is under low load, and speed up when higher speeds are needed to keep power consumption low but maintain acceptable performance levels.

As Duckie said - the HDD is and will remain the only way to get high capacity storage for a reasonable cost for the foreseeable future. Doubtless the day will come that the HDD is fully obsoleted, but when that day comes SSDs may also have gone the way of the dodo too. I expect the day will come when there is no real difference between RAM and more long-term storage - cpus (or whatever cpus become) will have onboard cache, but everthing else lives in the storage medium permanently. SSDs are already a step towards this.

Phase-Change Memory, Racetrack memory, Hard Block Drive, Memristors....
 

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HDD is slowly fading away. SSD is the future. In some years SSDs will be able to have the same capacity as hard drives has got now, but the prices will be high... So my guess is that we'll have to wait 2-4 years.
 

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I'm kind of surprised HDD technology isn't more advanced than it currently is. I have some theories why this is...

Hard Drives are one of the most important (If not thee most important) component/s of a computer.
They contain content that, for most of us, No amount of time or money can replace EVERYTHING lost.
Unlike other hardware, typically when they crash, they can't simply just be replaced.
When a HD fails, it can be devastating. I lost 1TB of my life. I learned the hard way, when it comes to HDs redundancy is your best friend (HDs backing up HDs backing up HDs) Which can be a real pain in the ass!!


In short, due to their great importance, the "research and development" for data storage should priority #1 for the hardware engineers and manufacturers and it clearly isn't,
the hardware speaks for itself. If you use 5 or more HDs, odds are you know what I talking about.

HDDs seem to be lacking the technological progression when compared to CPUs, VGAs, ect which are advancing at an exponential rate.
Look how far CPUs and VGAs have come in the last 1-2 years. Now compare that to HDs which really only changed in data capacity and read/write speeds.
I have no doubt, if the same focus of R&D was applied that processors and video cards received, the conventional HD's with thier spinning platters and motors would be in the same class as BetaMax and 8 Tracks.
Which would put us well into the SSD era and beyond.
My guess is its like everything else mass produced, its all about the money...


Its a scary thought when 1TB+ of your life is spinning at 7,500+ RPM


The SSD technology has been around for years with flash cards for digital cameras, IPods, ect...For some reason, not until recently has it really been applied to PC data storage.

Ever observe a SD card (flash card for digi cameras)?? Theres practically nothing to them, At only a little larger than a US Quarter the SDHC cards have the capacity up to 32GB. Truly genius, but why did it take so long to adapt the idea to PC memory?? I understand there is a lot more to the PCs SSD but still fairly simple design.
Whats with the outrageous pricing?? I would imagine once they really step-up production for the SDDs they should have record breaking price drops. I would imagine it would cost much less to manufacture a SSD than a HDD with their extremely complex inner workings...

Even with their ridiculously inflated prices, I'm so impressed with their performance...I going to break down and purchase one as soon as I can find a good deal on one...

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Just bought me an Intel X25-M 160GB G2 SSD, they are the future! (for now, everything changes).

Me too! We should hang out more! lol

Yes, SSD's are the future for sure, but they have a long way to come. Just look at traditional HDD's in the past, and what they are now. That's gonna happen again with SSD's, and it's gonna be sweet.
 

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im pretty sure that SSDs are using pretty old technology. the reason its considered new is because only very recently has this tech been used for large ammounts of data storage. They suffer from performance loss more so than HDDs. I really hope something else is around the corner. until then SSDs are great for an OS and programs but Ill keep redundant HDs for faster accessability of files w/o perf losses down the road.
 
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