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Seagate Goes Big, Ships Industry's First 8TB Hard Drive

Maximum PC: Anybody remember when hard drives were measured in megabytes? How far we've come from those primitive days in computing. Further distancing us from the stone age of storage, Seagate today has begun shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive. The feat comes a mere five months after Western Digital's HGST subsidiary shipped the first 6TB HDD -- could a capacity war be at hand?

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neoragex2341d ago

My first hard drive was 10MB. I used a DOS program called "doublespace" to take it to a whopping 20MB. My mind was blown. It then took twice as long to read/write to/from the drive. That was the tradeoff apparently. It was still faster than playing Kings Quest from the floppy disks though.... And all of this was only 25 years ago. crazy

Sahil2341d ago

The problem is as soon as one gets close to filling up that 8TB hard drive, the drive will probably die, as do most Seagates (good old Maxtor technology) after a bit of use.

neoragex2341d ago

Knock on wood but so far my 6 3TB Seagate drives are doing fine. I was a Hitachi fanatic for years so I still back up my Seagates religiously.

Sahil2341d ago

Failure rates generally go up with capacity. Most people in the market for this drive right now will be able to fill it quickly and protect the data with some form of raid.
But yeah, I'd love for the failure rates to be lower, for everyone.

neoragex2341d ago

That sounds dubious. Need a citation.

I guess the only thing I can think of where this would make sense is that higher capacity means smaller magnetic domains that can fade away faster over time... but still, I'd rather see some study on that.

Sahil2341d ago

Much simpler. The more disks you squeeze into a given form factor, the more heat is generated spinning them. Heat kills.