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...