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Seagate Confirms 3TB Drive, Potential Problems

Not that it should come as a huge surprise that a major hard drive manufacturer is working on ever-larger storage capacities, but a Seagate senior product manager has confirmed to Thinq that the company is planning to unveil a 3TB hard disk later this year.

Barbara Craig, the product manager, said that the move to 3TB involves a heck of a lot more work than just upping the areal density this time around. "The root of the problem is the original LBA (logical block addressing) standard, which can't assign addresses to capacities in excess of 2.1TB," the report said—a problem that's been lying in wait since Microsoft and IBM developed the original DOS standard in 1980.

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