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Windows 7: Researchers Use Table Salt To Increase Hard Drive Density Six-Fold

14 Oct 2011   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Researchers Use Table Salt To Increase Hard Drive Density Six-Fold

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Think the 4TB hard drives hitting the market now are impressive? You’re right. But one group of researchers say that’s nothing compared to the storage capacities that could be unlocked using a new technique they’ve discovered. Dr Joel Yang and his team from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore claim that simply by adding table salt to an existing lithographic process, they have come up with a way of increasing the information density of HDDs six-fold. Basically, 6TB of info could fit onto today's 1TB platters.
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Maximum PC | Researchers Use Table Salt To Increase Hard Drive Density Six-Fold

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15 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Whoah!
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15 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If this will be marketed I can see Cloud storage taking a big hit.
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15 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

What happens when you add salt to clouds? It rains, doesn't it?

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15 Oct 2011   #5

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Don't think they will sell it to consumers. They will price it out of consumers reach so they can stream everything to us. The cloud would take a big hit if we would get these.
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17 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 Home Premium
 
 

Holy crap that sounds brilliant. For people who can pay what they want for it..
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17 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bearcatrp View Post
Don't think they will sell it to consumers. They will price it out of consumers reach so they can stream everything to us. The cloud would take a big hit if we would get these.
The cloud is designed so you can access your data where ever you have internet access, what does having 17TB of storage at my home do for me when I am away from it? it's not easily accessed and if the machine crashes or loses power then I have no access at all to my data. (same can happen to the Cloud, but they have techs working to get it up asap, I'd have to physically go home and see what happened.)

Most people I know can't even fill up a 500GB hard drive.
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18 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
 
 

Did anyone read this part? -

<However, the number is a bit deceiving; while 3.3 terabit/sq. in. disks have been fabricated, the crew has “only” demonstrated data-storage capabilities in disks with 1.9 terabits/sq. in.>

What (exactly) will that mean?
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18 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Means that they've made platters theoretically capable of holding 6TB each, but have only managed to actually write to and read from platters holding a little less than 4TB. So far.
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22 Oct 2011   #10

Win 7
 
 

Summary:
They're working on bigger drives.
But they've been doing that for 50 years.
So, how is this news?
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