The Terabyte Future Is Here


Earlier this month, Thomas Hawk gave us a mild ribbing for flubbing our predictions for 2006, mostly because iPhone from Apple did not come to market. Well, predicting King Jobs’ next move is like playing Russian Roulette with one chamber empty. Though our hopes are alive, but then again we also have a death wish.

Nevertheless, predicting the future is a risky business, and sometimes by sheer luck if something goes right, one should try and exhale. Today seems appropriate. There is a lot of talk today about new Terabyte hard drives from Hitachi and Seagate. Both these devices use perpendicular recording technology.

Perpendicular recording technology was one of Business 2.0’s September 2004 cover story, Seven Technologies That Change Everything. I followed the story over the next year or so, and it became clear that 2007 is when these terabytes monsters would show up on the market. Now why couldn’t I tell Hawk this instead of talking about iPhone!


Eric B

The other interesting info that’s come out in the last couple of days about HDs is that within the next 5 years or so 30-40 TB HDs will be available. I believe that came from a discussion with Seagate about their new big TB HDs.


I think this will have minimal impact on hosting prices because hosting is not only about space usage but also about bandwidth consumption.

Yohay Elam

Quite exciting to have the mythical “Terabyte” on a computer at home.

Would this have an effect on hosting prices as well?

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