20 Jan

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future?

One question a lot of people have is what is going to happen to hard disk drives (HDDs) now that we have solid state drives (SSDs). One might assume that SSDs are going to displace HDDs much like DVDs did to CDs and Blu-rays have done to DVDs. Before you start buying up all the HDDs on the market to have a supply in the future, you need to know HDDs are not going anywhere.

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future

First of all, the cost for high capacity SSDs is quite expensive once you start taking about terabytes of storage space. Many people and businesses still cannot afford to cross over that threshold. Not surprisingly, HDDs with larger terabyte drives tend to cost less and fit the budgets of most people and businesses better.

Next, SSD is still a fairly new technology. This means the costs of the technology have not equalized and started to decline yet. It could be another ten years before prices on SSDs become more competitive with HDDs.

Another reason HDDs are not going anywhere is because two of the biggest HDD manufacturers have released information on new HDDs in development. Both Western Digital and Seagate have announced they are working on much bigger and faster HDDs.

Currently, you can find 8 TB, 10 TB, and 12 TB HDDs, with plans on a 14 TB drive sometime later this year. Both manufacturers have plans to keep increasing the maximum drive space up to 40 TB within the next five to seven years.

Increased storage capacities is just half of what is to come with HDDs. Both of these manufacturers are also working on different ways to improve the performance and speed of HDDs – one of the big selling points right now for SSDs. If these manufacturers can develop an effective method for increasing speeds of HDDs, then they will be even more competitive with SSDs.

Currently, the platters within HDDs have actuators arms on top and bottom which read and write date to the platters. However, while all the actuators do move in tandem with each other, only one is actually writing to the platter at a time.

One possible method that is being explored is the use of multiple read/write actuators. Using this method would allow for two (or more) sets of actuators to be used to read and write data simultaneously on the platters. This would effectively double the speed of HDDs.

This idea is not new, but has been impractical for numerous years because of the costs to develop it. With recent advances in technologies, now the costs for the components to develop faster processing HDDs has dropped. So it is no longer a possibility, but something that is actually being developed.

Both the increased storage capacities and faster speeds are great news for HDDs as they are given a new lease on life. No matter whether you use HDDs or SSDs, always remember to back-up your data on a regular basis. If you forgot and your HDD or SSD crashed, it may be possible to recover data using our data recovery services by calling Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 or 1-888-Call-TIM today!

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