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The end of the hard disk

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Yesterday, Samsung introduced 2 new 2T SSDs with MSRPs of $800 and $1,000.

That's about 10 times the current price of a 2TB laptop drive, but these SSD's are in a 7mm form factor, meaning that they will fit in slim laptops, unlike 2TB HDDs, which are all 9.5mm or greater.  Furthermore, they have 5 and 10 year warranties and are rated at 150TB and 300TB writes respectively, which works out to about 80GB of writes every 24 hours for the rated life of the drive.  No laptop drive has more than a 3 year warranty and most have only 1 year.

250GB SSDs are currently selling for under $80 and 500GB SSDs under $175 at retail, and are both faster and more resilient than rotating memory, so it's clear that you won't see HDDs in portable computers much longer.

revisiting this topic...
ok, so 4TB regular hard drives can be had for about $200-300.
1TB SSD is over $400

If the analysis involves storage capacity, the SSDs don't stand a chance unless you are willing to fork over 4x more for them.  And with 8TB and 10TB coming out soon...I just don't see the "end" anywhere near.

Currently, and for the near future, they seem to serve two different purposes.  The only market that the SSD took over is the non-techie consumer market (a large one, however, lol).  People who don't use computers much now can get desktops with SSD instead of the big mechanical drive.  And for external use, most are also going with the SSD for good reason, even over the similar form factor 2.5 mechanical drive.  But for actual hardcore use, massive storage, enterprise etc. the mechanical drive is still king by a longshot.

An 8TB single drive is a beautiful thing.

The whole storage industry is nutz right now.  The capacities and form factors are unbelievable.  I just got a 128GB microSD card for under $100.  It's the size of my pinky nail.  With this kind of storage power, it may be the end of the world, but not the end of the mechanical drive!

An 8TB single drive is a beautiful thing.-superboyac (July 21, 2015, 04:26 PM)
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Until it dies.

An 8TB single drive is a beautiful thing.-superboyac (July 21, 2015, 04:26 PM)
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Until it dies.
-4wd (July 21, 2015, 10:05 PM)
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Yeah, but they're (relatively) cheap enough to buy two (or more) for redundancy. :)

Hard disks can become too big to fail...


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