Hard disk manufacturers have faced a challenge since 2010 when they managed to fit 1TB of data per platter of a HDD, they pretty much got stuck thereas is roughly is the maximum limit per platter. Now the companies are up against the wall to push the technology beyond the barrier. Western Digital is experimenting with Helium filled drives to tackle the problem.
On the other hand, Seagate thinks its new technology called SMR is the answer to all the troubles. Seagate, on Monday, announced it had already sold 1 Million drives using SMR and they’ll sell 5TB hard disk drives from 2014 onwards. Not only that they plan to sell 20TB HDDs by 2020.
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