Seagate has confirmed to Thinq that it will introduce hard drives with 3 terabytes of memory this year, but warns that they won't work properly with all operating systems.
The problem exists in the original logical block addressing standard, created back in 1980, which can't assign addresses to any capacities over 2.1TB. That programming is now embedded in motherboards, drivers
, and many operating systems.
Officials said that the company plans to use long LBA addressing, which will work in 64-bit Windows 7, Vista, and Linux, but won't work with 32-bit Windows Vista or any version of XP.