Hitachi Supersizes Hard Drives

Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005 | Computers

Hitachi has come up with a hard disk drive innovation employing Perpendicular Recording, a new way to orient the magnetic bits of data on a hard disk platter so that the information is stored vertically instead of in the traditional horizontal format. The capacity of horizontally stored bits is limited because as they get smaller and smaller, the magnetic charges between adjacent bits begin to interact. This new technology can be used to create 3.5" drives with up to a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) capacity. This represents up to a 10 times capacity increase in the same form factor.

Hitachi has a cute animated video which explains Perpendicular Recording technology in a humorous and easy to understand manner.


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