Consistent capacity growth in hard disk drives (HDDs) has become something we take for granted. It is not so trivial if you think about the fact that there are in fact physical limits to how much data you can store on one disk and every now and then we are nearing a limit that cannot be topped anymore.
The last limit was hit in 2005 and the next seems to be arriving in the 2013 – 2015 timeframe. However, a new technology breathes new life into HDDs. HAMR will bring massive storage growth and propel the industry far beyond 100 TB.
Now, wouldn’t this be great? 😉 We can now store thousands of movies, games and music without having to buy more and more hard disk drives just to store all of them. Technology is really great. It keeps evolving year after year and the results are very good. Now, the price may probably be expensive at first once it will hit the market but when the cost subsides, people should go grab one of these hard disk drives.
Google unveiled more details on its Chrome OS, a lightweight, browser-based operating system for netbooks. They said that the OS will boot for at most 7 seconds which is blazingly fast if you ask me. What I am really impressed with is that there would be no more need for hard disk drives since they will rely on non-volatile flash memory and Internet-based storage for saving all of your data.
The Chrome OS is being distributed as open source, however, the full OS cannot be downloaded and is only available in any Chrome OS device. And the Chrome OS netbooks itself will be stored in non-volatile flash memory which helps loading up the OS quickly.
This is pretty neat for not so techie users as they do not have to worry about anything like viruses. Google will handle everything for you. Is this the end for the hard disk drive? I do not think so. I am pretty sure there will still be many people who would want a hard disk drive in their laptop to store other kinds of files like movies and music ;).