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Windows 7: How long before 1 PB drives are available

14 Feb 2011   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
How long before 1 PB drives are available

Hi all
Won't be too long before 1 PETABYTE (1,000 TB) drives start appearing soon for personal computers -- but imagine breaking one or losing that much data.

Here's an IBM announcement for 14 PB array from a year ago so "Expect to see them in the stores before XMAS".

Meanwahile IBM announces 14 petabyte NAS array | Desktop Hardware | ZDNet UK

Cheers
jimbo

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14 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow! 1PB seems huge but 14! Then again it wasn't so long when 1TB seemed crazy! I can remember buying a 256MB memory stick for about £15 5 years ago and at the time it was a bargain! Now for that price you can get a 16GB memory stick!
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14 Feb 2011   #3
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Dam with 14 PB I might actually finish this download. > http://www.w3schools.com/downloadwww.htm
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14 Feb 2011   #4

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there

did you insert the disk into Drive A.

Cheers
jimbo
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14 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

For a single PB drive, I don't think we'll see them for a while, considering the lengths Seagate and Western Digital had to go to to get more than 2.1TB drives working on consumer PCs to get around the logical block address limit.
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14 Feb 2011   #6

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Interesting. Could you fit 1PB onto a 3.5" platter? What dimensions would a 1PB platter have?
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14 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Interesting. Could you fit 1PB onto a 3.5" platter? What dimensions would a 1PB platter have?
No chance for single platter.

Though i would like to see how many platters is does take to reach 1PB.
There would have to be at least 240TB per platter (If my maths is correct).

Lucky
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14 Feb 2011   #8
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

5 inch platter with a 5.25 form factor?
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14 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Can't remember where I read it, but few months ago I read researchers had found a way to fit more space on to platters than what's currently possible.
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14 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Dam with 14 PB I might actually finish this download. > http://www.w3schools.com/downloadwww.htm
Clever.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

did you insert the disk into Drive A.

Cheers
jimbo
For some reason, I'm feeling a bit skeptical of trying to use Drive A for this task...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Can't remember where I read it, but few months ago I read researchers had found a way to fit more space on to platters than what's currently possible.
The last big improvement I remember reading about was a few years ago they started making the bits vertical in order to pack more onto each platter.

So such a drive, I would expect, would be a large box of platters.

There are physical limitations for the current drives, just as there are for processor chips.
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