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1.2 Petabyte Hard Drive





seanooi
The owner of Colossal Storage, Michael Thomas, says he's the first person to solve non-contact optical spintronics which will in turn ultimately result in the creation of 3.5-inch discs with a million times the capacity of any hard drive - 1.2 petabytes of storage, to be exact

1.2 Petabyte is a hell lot of space there!
For hotse of you who don't know:
1.2Petabyte = 1 228.8Terabyte = 1 258 291.2Gigabyte

The 1.2Petabyte Hard Disk is expected to be finished around 2010-2011 and would cost approximately $750USD for 1.

Source from Here
xorcist
Wow I diidnt even know there was such thing as a Petabyte I wouldn't buy it though.
Saber
wow... just wow.. I cant think of any good reason to get one unless, its for more than one person. and if someone is able to fill that with only personal stuff, then thats just nuts. A lot of top quality video or something of the sort maybe. but wow.
Mgccl
Laughing
in that day, you can fit everything in it, the whole Internet....(maybe)
and I will lauagh at myself stilling optimizing my PHP script to get out 200KB of comments Laughing
DJHicks
i need one.... keep maxin out my 200 gb at least once a week so have to back up stuff onto dvd's etc!
seanooi
I would need one too, I'm just too lazy to delete rubbish off my hard disk.
I love keeping them, LOL! Laughing
knowme640
gr8...

will think about buying it..!!!
PEACE OUT
superwrestler06
how would you ever fill that up? You would have to be like a game, music, and video freak. Or maybe when blu-ray video comes out it might be easier to fill.
Zuwiki
Wow. 520 of those COULD hold the whole internet! As of 2002, the internet was 532,897 TB according to here, but I'm not sure of their credibility.

Well, that's cool. I wonder what I would do with all of that space...
Xeniczone
I wouldn't say that 200 gbs is all you need. look way back when when the bios issue first started. they thought that 500mbs is all ppl will ever need and they will never get hard drives that big so they put a 500 mbs reading limit.

What happend 1.2gbs came out etc..

Now a days with windows vista expected to take 1gb of the hard drive and games like grand theft auto san andreas taking a MIN. of 5Gbs of the hard driver 1.2 pertrildfnaiownagfn-bytes will be good.

Quote:
Wow. 520 of those COULD hold the whole internet! As of 2002, the internet was 532,897 TB according to here, but I'm not sure of their credibility.


It said 1200 tbs that means only one of these could hold the internet. I would think the internet is bigger then this thought.
gianx80
Petabyte Drool
kansloos
seanooi wrote:
I would need one too, I'm just too lazy to delete rubbish off my hard disk.
I love keeping them, LOL! :lol:


Same problem over here...


But ontopic, I guess I would buy a cheap Western Digital hard disk,
as the prices of the other hard disks should collapse.
eason2012
awsome i like the sund of that much space!
Bastiecar2
1.2 PB? Wow, thats what I want. Maybe, I can't wait until 2011. Now I know what I have to do for the next year's, thinking about things I would but on this harddisk. Laughing
TheGeek
OMFGWTF!!!!

thats amazing, i thought that we were maybe just on the verge of the couple of TB HDDs but i guess i was wrong. Thats absolutely stunning! A 1.2 PETABYTE HDD is something that is out of startrek practically. You will NEVER run out of space with that much on the disk!! Ill admit that 750USD is a little steep for a HDD, but considering that a 200GB drive right now costs nearly 100-150USD, its a really really good price/byte ratio!
root
The biggest media collection I've seen has been around like 5 TB but they are getting bigger. I would definitely buy 1 PB when it comes out. It's also so damn small. 1 PB usb stick lol can't wait for that.
knowme640
That's like hell of a space...

I mean... what exactly do you need so much for.. unless you r a hosting company Smile !!!

Well... we'll see when it comes to the market..
seanooi
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Umm... maybe it's just me, but is it related to what we;re talking about? Razz

knowme640 wrote:
That's like hell of a space...

I mean... what exactly do you need so much for.. unless you r a hosting company Smile !!!

Well... we'll see when it comes to the market..

Well, you couldn't be too sure about that.
20 years ago, or maybe more, 1GB was like, OMG! That's like impossible to use it all up. Right now, 1GB is not even enough for a game Laughing
Animal
seanooi wrote:
Umm... maybe it's just me, but is it related to what we;re talking about? Razz


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hrtorrent
That's so much space... I think I will be lost in so much data... But in 2012. operating systems and programs will be use more space than today.

about 1990.
average hard disk 40MB - MS DOS + Windows 3.11 10MB

about 1995.
average hdd 1GB - Windows 95 - about 300MB

about 2003.
average hdd 20 GB Windows XP about 1GB
deleenheir
nice 1.2 PB unless its some sort of super fast hd time will become an issue to fill it. current hds store data @ +/- 40-45MB/s

(1.2 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024) / 45
= 28633115 seconds to fill it
= 477218 minutes
= 7953 hours
= 331 days

thats about 1 year to fill it Rolling Eyes if you don't give it a break

I hope they create something like internal-raid to boost the speed
Scorpio
seanooi wrote:
The owner of Colossal Storage, Michael Thomas, says he's the first person to solve non-contact optical spintronics which will in turn ultimately result in the creation of 3.5-inch discs with a million times the capacity of any hard drive - 1.2 petabytes of storage, to be exact

1.2 Petabyte is a hell lot of space there!
For hotse of you who don't know:
1.2Petabyte = 1 228.8Terabyte = 1 258 291.2Gigabyte

The 1.2Petabyte Hard Disk is expected to be finished around 2010-2011 and would cost approximately $750USD for 1.

Source from Here


Of course owning one would be real cool, but one has to have the right accessories for searching and finding anything you want. It just aint gonna be easy with a million gb.
Even a good search program must be extremely fast to search the whole drive atleast a 500000 times faster .
Without such facilities the drive would jus be another garbage dump
Where the hell can one get such a fast pc for home use
Borrow one from IBM Wink
pinetti
well to day only use Disk 40 GB for ciber...

one peta.??? ummmm

what cpu -.... nedd....?? to day AMD 64.. Support.?? o intel 3.6 ..???
TheGeek
an interesting point made by a friend of mine was that, as of right now, both linux and Windows Vista only support drives of 130GB each....(he might be wrong but i remember that there was a limit to exactly how much space one drive could have recognized by the OS)...given this delema unless there is a major change in the future of operating systems, not to meantion write speeds of physical disk drives, there will be some serious issues with having one singular drive with that much space on it.
ezekiel_rage
its not the question of the size limit of the OS, i think the question is, will the motherboard manucaturers support it.

Assuming that the OSes would add support for a HDD of that size, but if the motherboard manufacturers will not add support for the HDD, it will still not be of much use
GOMichael
Don't waste your time with this. It's total vaporware.
TheGeek
another thing is what about transfer speed.....they had to have come up with a faster way of reading the disk if you have that much data on there....(i think this may have already been brought up sorry if it has)
althalus
One disk of that size?

What if you fill it, and it crashed? That would suck a lot... I have little under 1Tb and that's more than I really need... Smile

Oh and what's thjis about Windows Vista not supporting more than 130Gig when XP supports more? I have 3 x 250gig drives running. Surely Vista, being a later version, would handle that just fine.

Only problem is I can't use the entire drive, a few gigs fall off.. Sad
silentpark
i am sure i will get it full Razz

hell what do you want with 1.2 petabyte.. ?? hea... what ??
can i have one too ? Smile


well ok its cool but .. ah f... it Razz
Xeniczone
Quote:
That's like hell of a space...

I mean... what exactly do you need so much for.. unless you r a hosting company !!!

Well... we'll see when it comes to the market..



There are many reasons for this much space.

Like you said hosting.

If you are working for a movie company and with HD-TV and the next generation of a 4hr movie is 30gbs of space required. just haveing to do 4 movies will take 120gbs of space that will fill up fast.

If your a gamer and now with the higher polygons per second a model will require more space. Even with playstation 3 using blue-ray just so it can hold all the next gen info to be put on the disk. Like a siad before a game like grand theft auto san andreas requires a min of 5gbs if you made san andreas with high quality models and more cars and weapons I could see it easily taking 8-10gbs.

Same as above for a game programmer.

If your someone with a moded xbox or playstation 2 who like to save your game to the hard drive so that you don't have to have a bunch of cd's this will be great for the xbox or playstation 2.
DarkAkira
Well... I know I am going to buy one when they come out. I don't even care about the price, it is sooo worth it for the type of things I do.

I need the space for my desktop and my server. I run a php board, website, 4 game servers, 2 ragnarok clients, and a ton of file hosting. That would most certainly solve all space issues.

And for desktop I would have plenty of space for my 3d animation. I do alot of that. So i could use that space.

just......wow.....
Urahara
That does deserve a wow overall.

But let's consider other factors. Will that beast of a storage really be stable? Speed? Read/Write performance?

By 2010, we don't know what new types of motherboards or hardware there will be. Maybe by then the USB drives will become more competitive. Personally I think this product is cool, it can store everything. But if you have all those files, it would take a hell of a time for the system to boot up, for the drive to do de-frags, clean ups, virus scans, etc. Not really time saving.

I have to say Plug and Play hardware > All. This just doesn't sound practical enough.
taricorp
If hard drives keep growing at this rate, Microsoft will need to work fast to come up with a new file system. The current maximum size for NTFS drives is only 6 TB, so you'd need 200 partitions to even make that useable.
Scotty Too Hotty
Quote:
says he's the first person to solve non-contact optical spintronics


Does that mean that it is like trans flash....no moving parts, or is it still a moving drive?
thiamshui
this won't be the next storage technology.. the next storage technology will be a 1 terabyte RAM hard disk.. the difference of this RAM is tht the memory does not disappear when the computer is shut down.. it's kinda like a 'permanent' RAM which can be rewritten again n again.. the obvious benefit is it will be faster, much much faster than hard drives using the magnetic technology..
ForceRun
Well, if they ever got this type of storage out trust me it would get used.

I remember having a 40Mb hard and thinking that I would never use it all. Now I have 1.3 TBs and I'm using most of it, MP3, Movies, TV Shows, and Games the space goes fast.
storagefreak
I was wondering when this would come out. I didn't think it would be out for quite a few more years. When will the exabyte come out? I love high storage items. I would get definitely get one.
rtu96
Well this is cool, but think about it, if that hard drive dies, then everything, all the internet, videos, music, memories, are lost. The larger the hard drive, the more encouragement it would give you to store more. And if the military uses that, then the enemy only has to shoot one bullet through the hard drive and the data is lost, or only one hard drive to steal and the entire US is in jepordy. I think it's a great idea but for some things, not so much.
Smiddie
I can't even get my Hard Drive of 320GB full Razz
froginabox
I would never buy one, and here's why.

When you have a single drive for any application, you need at least three drives that are the same size for backups - meaning you have one active, one on an hourly or daily backup, one on a weekly backup, and one on a monthly backup. Meaning you need at least four drives... it's also a bad idea to have your backup drives be the same brand, model, and lot of the original (the chance that they will all fail around the same time is huge).

RAID arrays are widely used for a reason - it's better and more recoverable than a single huge drive. Just my two cents.
ForceRun
Sounds like overkill to me. I think 3 total copies is fine, and some things like movies, music, TV Shows, and so on you can always just re-download for the most part. Like I have most of my games though Steam which allows me to download them at anytime to play them.
froginabox
Until that company goes out of business or changes their business model, sure.

I wasn't talking about things that you can replace, I'm talking about things that you can't just re-download (music from iTunes, personal pictures or documents, etc.).

If you think I'm paranoid, you're right, but that's part of being in IT. Never trust the machines completely Wink
ForceRun
Well I agree, but with a normal system today, like mine for example. I have about 20-30Gb of personal files and such. Which is very easily backed up, to external NAS, some times media i.e. DVDs, and finally to the internet i.e. photobucket.com. So I really only need 2 Drives, and a good internet connection. I also on certain things, i.e. family photos, copy the files to other computers as part of backing them.

And your right backing up is very important.
froginabox
I am from an old-school of thought where one does not ever trust third-parties to maintain backups unless they are backup companies... and even then...
Hogwarts
rtu96 wrote:
Well this is cool, but think about it, if that hard drive dies, then everything, all the internet, videos, music, memories, are lost. The larger the hard drive, the more encouragement it would give you to store more. And if the military uses that, then the enemy only has to shoot one bullet through the hard drive and the data is lost, or only one hard drive to steal and the entire US is in jepordy. I think it's a great idea but for some things, not so much.


Firstly, that's what backups are for Rolling Eyes

Secondly why does an old post need to be reincarnated? Rolling Eyes
ForceRun
There really should be a cut off on some of these threads, of at least a year. At least whoever brought it back search instead of just re-posting.
tiagoeq
I will want 2 these to my pc
ciureanuc
This is the perfect answer for my topic: "when enough is enough?"
I really am curious after few years when somebody will say: how much? One petabyte? Too small for my needs. Smile
Jamestf347
Damn, That's a lot of songs, videos, programs ha. It's amazing, I would love to have this, and it's not too expensive, especially compared to the hdd now. This would revolutionize home computers Smile. Next I wanna see like a super CPU xD
gandalfthegrey
You can save the enitre Wikipedia website on about 4gigabytes. I wonder what would be comparable for the Petabyte? Saving every video on YouTube?
[FuN]goku
I could fill that easily. Just get me the drive and an OC-3 line >: D
shenyl
If you intent to use 1.2 Petabytes of storage space, what will be your backup device?

I guess it will be good only as a backup device or on a Storage Area Network (SAN),
or used in a RAID 5 or RAID 10 storage pool (never need to have a backup off-site).

Backup is always my main concern - backup space and backup time.

Hope I shed some concerns for using more and more HDD space.

With regards.
Rajiev
Saber wrote:
wow... just wow.. I cant think of any good reason to get one unless, its for more than one person. and if someone is able to fill that with only personal stuff, then thats just nuts. A lot of top quality video or something of the sort maybe. but wow.


Well m8,

No one will ever make a hard drive that will have too much storage space

Think of the times that 1or 2 GB HDDs ; 40GB HDDs first came, then 120GBs, 500GB Surprised

We all thought that is too much of storage :p

But the film industry keep inovating more and more high deff stuff Surprised

Think of a a Few BlueRay films on your HDD. Whola... HWere isthat 500GB empty space went...


Likewise,,, When the storage space increases, we tend to keep more and more unnecesary stuff filled in our HDDs.

A Good example is I was keeping fine with my 40GB HDD and Bought a lap with 320GB hard. Today I feel its not enough at all Surprised

Its like the race between Bullet and the bullet proof jacket :p
shenyl
Yap, I fully agreed with Rajiev, that we have a problem ourselves - we keep generating lots of demand for storage.

Will this trend tapped off? I guess when we get old, we will, but not when you are young and exploring and full of time and energy.

So my view is your storage space needs apts with your age.

Someone may take this up for a PHD research topic - just joking.

With regards.
Rajiev
Thanks shenyl Smile

Ya, Once we grow old, the things we must store will increase with time ( like our memories )

And If we could store all that tits and bits, we wont feel bored in our late days when no one is there to talk to...
we can watch all those things we stored Wink

And Once Aurther C. Cleark said in one of his Science fixtions that We will be able to store everything that defines a human in a Peta byte memory chip Surprised (all the DNA data, Memories, thoughts ...)

So with this new technology....

Will we be able to live forever inside a Computer when our organic bodies dies
??? Question

Untill (of course) that machine crashes :p
shenyl
Oh, I just check my Software Download folders - and it is filled with 30 sub categories, and each sub-category with loads of software - and each software with several versions.

Then I realised that more than half of that storage are OUTDATED software - replaced by latest downloads.

Yap, we will need huge bandwidth to download and even bigger processing power to clear out the outdated downloaded stuff.

I guess I need to go out now to google for a software that can help me zap out those outdated stuff, before I am forced to buy the 1.2 Petabyte HDD.

Serious and yet joking.

With regards.
Rajiev
shenyl wrote:
Oh, I just check my Software Download folders - and it is filled with 30 sub categories, and each sub-category with loads of software - and each software with several versions.

Then I realised that more than half of that storage are OUTDATED software - replaced by latest downloads.

Yap, we will need huge bandwidth to download and even bigger processing power to clear out the outdated downloaded stuff.

I guess I need to go out now to google for a software that can help me zap out those outdated stuff, before I am forced to buy the 1.2 Petabyte HDD.

Serious and yet joking.

With regards.


Lol, You mean You are Using Pirated Sotware Surprised

I thought you cant talk of such things here Wink

anyways, I dont Keep small softwares in my HDD as long as MY RS acount is live Wink
misterXY
No one said anything... but HOLY SH1T! Imagen how much porn in high def photos...... videos.... damn...
Rajiev
misterXY wrote:
No one said anything... but HOLY SH1T! Imagen how much porn in high def photos...... videos.... damn...


ROFL

Ya ya :p

HD, Deffinitly yay.

I bet Rapidshare would deffinitly need to upgrade it's download quoata :p
aningbo
r u kidding me? that much of space? u could download all the pirated copies and store it and then share it... hehe

i wonder what he does with it though? how much did he pay for it?

using it for what purpose...? i dont know if anyone could complete using it in his lifetime
foreverdestiny
Won't this slow down your computer? lol
taytay
my question would be reliability and speed. One disk like that could possibly last me 25 years of computer upgrades, just swapping it out as my HD with each new system and keeping all my files. w00t!

as for filling it completely.. It will be possible in the future. no morea little more than 10 years ago 500MegaBytes was said to be more than you would ever need in your lifetime. Now look, I have a 750gb internal that's 3 quarters full, and an external 250Gb that IS full. 10 years ago they never thought they would see the day. 10 years ago i could have easily filled one gigabyte. today i can easily fill one terabyte. 10 years in the future I'll be ready to stock pile a petabyte. 20 years from now, an exabyte. Holy cow!!

The space WILL be used too. just look, a dvd video takes up on average 5Gigs of space on a dvd. a BluRay with better quality takes 50Gigs. 5 years from now TV's will have higher resolutions, bigger sizes and 500%+ better qualities. USA should take step one and convert every form of data connection to Fiber Optic. Light has been the least corrupt and fastest way to transfer data for several years. if everything were to go Fiber Optic and be as universal as USB, just imagine how much time we would save on producing a further advanced future Razz
the zephyrus
The comments on that page make it seem this guy is largely non-credible, and out for attention with unlikely claims.

When was the last time technology jumped 4+ orders of magnitude at once?
misterXY
the zephyrus wrote:
The comments on that page make it seem this guy is largely non-credible, and out for attention with unlikely claims.

When was the last time technology jumped 4+ orders of magnitude at once?

good point.........
pajser
1.2 PB, this is a lot of storage space.
Alaskacameradude
Dude, I need one NOW! For everyone wondering how in the world you would EVER fill one up, I have
two words for you. HD Video. Us video editors have been looking for something like this for a long
time. Right now I have 5 extra drives so that I can keep my business running, and it seems like they
are ALWAYS full of video, which makes it hard to take on any new projects.....and I am a small
one person video production company in a small town that has no road access!!!! So having a
huge harddrive would be awesome. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
carlospro7
wow, thats an incredibly huge leap from what is available to the public. That's very cool, and I was thinking about getting one Terabyte to increase my storage.
Jean-Clod
Sounds great, but is it fast?
However, I can't imagine a system with a system disk, SSD, SLC, just enough capacity for OS and programs, and this one for the rest.. well.. that's good Laughing
750$ seem a lot, but it's actually (very, very) worth it, when you see 256G SSD drives for nearly 1000$

Like some others already posted, that will probably be very useful for hosting.

Let's wait and enjoy, then!
GunSlinger
So much code. So little time.
gohgoh
wow so much storage i dun think i will ever use so much but $750 is really good value
ssweat
thats a lot of space lol I say the first one to fil that drive up , Rules the World lol I still havent even filled a terrabybyte, lol I would also hate to think what amounts of data you would loose if it were to crash....Now I am thinking about how I would partition it Razz
weableandbob
1.2 petabytes.....that's about 16% of what google processes every year =D
ProwerBot
This would be useful for a large school that makes each student shoots an hour of full HD video every day or something....
Jean-Clod
Oh wait... If 1.2 Petabyte fits in a single 3.5" drive, maybe we'll have multi-terabytes 1.8" HDDs? And have a 50+ Terabyte iPod Classic! Yeah! Every single song ever created in your pocket!

..ok, I'll leave. Laughing
ForceRun
weableandbob wrote:
1.2 petabytes.....that's about 16% of what google processes every year =D


I think a Petabyte is closer to what google processes in an hour. http://www.cnbc.com/id/33980317?question=2&score=1
anasash
i think it's a heaven lot of space rather than a hell lot of space.
At this period a simple professional would not require this much space, i suppose................
lethaltriad
Wow that's really great, right now we have a lot of limitations with storage sizes with external and internal hard drives. I'm into photography and I have to constantly back to external hard drives as I use a 21 Megapixel camera and I'm always on project. It would be easier way to backup all of my images and also to keep it more organized. I can hardly wait =)
misterXY
Very Expensive.. too much storage for me too use, l'd never make a backup if it died, or not want too do a backup considering the time it take too Raid 0 it........
shenyl
Is this petabytes 3.5 inch HDD - not destructable?

If it is - then no need for backup, not need for backup time - I will be fine with that.

But if you need backup - how fast can one backup 1.2 petabytes?

What devices are needed? I can tell you, that on mainframe with such storage - it is a continuous backup job round the clock.

Even if you buy a second petabytes HDD - the transfer rate will probably not be fast enough to do a sychronization within a day.

Please check if the HDD is crash proof.

With best regards.
romell90
unless they find a way to infuse the drive with fiberoptics to the computer, maybe then the speeds will be stable. but on the subject of backing up files...ur not going to have all the space filled too fast so backing up shale be fairly easy. i say just back up sections of the drive to other drives.

week 1-----backup to 250GB hdd
peta---
week 2----backup new and recently added data to another drive

something like that. we wont be totally lost on how to back up files. just dont try to back up all at once when the drive is getting to be filled past 1 or 2 tera.
mahirharoon
Mgccl wrote:
Laughing
in that day, you can fit everything in it, the whole Internet....(maybe)
and I will lauagh at myself stilling optimizing my PHP script to get out 200KB of comments Laughing

like it was it the olden days , the file size increases as the capcity increases , for sure,it will go on unchanged and ofcourse that guy is great as wellll as greattt
waittt a seccondd in the oldden days , evennn a 4 mb megabyte hardddisk costed a 1000 $s
jilbs
This is just amazing, welcome to the future after 4 years. Very Happy
mahirharoon
my opinion is that no computer hardware or any operating system on this big round earth can handle it, i highly doubt that only linux could be used but even linux needs modifications
Nemesis234
i dont understand the comments of "my computer wont handle it" etc. its just a normal hard drive, running at normal speed, any computer that currently has a hard drive will surely be compatable, you will only ever be retrieve the data you need from the hard drive, a few mb here, a gig there, your never going to be accessing the whole storage all at once. and about the backup thing, just raid it, you got backup and twice the speed, win win.
Covert-Waffles
Needless to say.....

I WANT ONE!

That is all Razz

But seriously, this is great, the world of restrictions is starting to get lifted from computers. Although, who needs something that large? I'm just going to buy it to have it....
SonLight
It looks like this is still very much in the early development stages. Any assumption about a particular capacity at a particular price is pure speculation. The inventor (he holds two patents on the technology) seems to be looking for visionaries who can help him bring this to market, but it doesn't seem to me that it is likely to happen within the next few years.

He says he began his website in 1999. Determining if his ideas are sound goes well beyond my abilities. Here is his website, I leave it as a puzzle for the Frihost commumity to evaluate it.

http://colossalstorage.net/

Here is a sample from his site:

Quote:
An Atomic / Photonic / Molecular / Quantum / Spintronic / Holographic Switch is the method of using a UV laser atom nanoparticle optical switch defined by a non-contact terahertz nano/microwave electric field modulator using attosecond, femtosecond, terahertz UV photons (electromagnetic radiation) simultaneously to alter properties of ferroelectric molecules for data and light expression. Through the use of UV photon induced electric field poling and dynamically changing the internal geometry of individual ferroelectric atoms in a 3 dimensional optical crystal coated on a high / low velocity substrate.

The UV laser diodes and electric field transducers of the Integrated Read/Write Head can be used in any combination or sequence to control the molecules which include UV/blue photon frequencies and quantum energy level as well as Nano/Micro electro static field strength (voltage) and switching field densities (frequency).
The only rub is the cost per bit will be cheaper, faster to access, and faster to store for a much longer time uneffected by many environmental conditons.


The U.S. Patents, # 6,028,835 2/22/00 and # 6,046,973 4/4/00 protect a new and unique method for a non-contact semiconductor integrated read/write head. The read/write head will use photons from an Ultra-Violet/Deep Blue Laser transmitted through a hemispherical objective lens for storing and retrieving data to a Infinite Rewritable Ferroelectric Atomic Holographic Optical Disk.,
Head to Gap spacing will be from 1 to 15 millimeters providing a much higher reliability factor than Collinear or SIL type heads with their fragile head spacing and susceptability to contaminants from the media and enclosure. See also 3 Page White Paper .


Fixed head drive version will have 000 ms seek and 0 ms latency times with Terabits/sec tranfers rates possible.

The US Patent office says Michael E. Thomas is the first person in USPTO history to teach the art of a Non-Contact optical tuning method using photon induced electric field poling of a ferroelectric molecule used as an " Atomic / Photonic / Quantum Switch ", i.e., first-to-invent and first-to-file for a unique device. Thomas' patents expire in 2020.

Thomas' patents expire in 2020, but he already has many new patentable ferroelectric atomic holographic storage ideas using his patented nanoparticle function based on photon induced electric field poling that will be filed in 2020 extending the patent protection until 2040.
mahirharoon
Nemesis234 wrote:
i dont understand the comments of "my computer wont handle it" etc. its just a normal hard drive, running at normal speed, any computer that currently has a hard drive will surely be compatable, you will only ever be retrieve the data you need from the hard drive, a few mb here, a gig there, your never going to be accessing the whole storage all at once. and about the backup thing, just raid it, you got backup and twice the speed, win win.

i meant that you wont be able to use the full drive for storage and so and btw this thread was written in 2006
ProfessorY91
Shocked I want it. Shocked

As for the other guy who had concerns about a hard drive writing at about 40-45 MB, think about it this way. Most people aren't filling their hard drives to the max every few seconds - you gradually accumulate crap. Illegally downloaded movies, games, music, other random crap. Blue Ray rips... etc. And you access only small chunks at a time. Additionally, Firewire is very fast. Even faster than that? Imagine one of these things as solid state. (drool).
Rajiev
taytay wrote:
my question would be reliability and speed. One disk like that could possibly last me 25 years of computer upgrades, just swapping it out as my HD with each new system and keeping all my files. w00t!

as for filling it completely.. It will be possible in the future. no morea little more than 10 years ago 500MegaBytes was said to be more than you would ever need in your lifetime. Now look, I have a 750gb internal that's 3 quarters full, and an external 250Gb that IS full. 10 years ago they never thought they would see the day. 10 years ago i could have easily filled one gigabyte. today i can easily fill one terabyte. 10 years in the future I'll be ready to stock pile a petabyte. 20 years from now, an exabyte. Holy cow!!

The space WILL be used too. just look, a dvd video takes up on average 5Gigs of space on a dvd. a BluRay with better quality takes 50Gigs. 5 years from now TV's will have higher resolutions, bigger sizes and 500%+ better qualities. USA should take step one and convert every form of data connection to Fiber Optic. Light has been the least corrupt and fastest way to transfer data for several years. if everything were to go Fiber Optic and be as universal as USB, just imagine how much time we would save on producing a further advanced future Razz


Ha ha ha.
So true man. I was like telling this all the time to my friends and on boards. We can "Never say Never"

Who know what next after 1080p ??? 3D HD? true surround with 21.3 channels...
Smell, feel, vibration intergrated to Video.

No hard disk will ever be TOO BIG to fill up. As somebody said, HD video is the thing Smile
Flakky
I can only things of a practical reason for this is to save the DNA profiles of entire countries...
ProwerBot
I wouldn't mind having one of these. I only have 40gb on my computer, cause I don't have a lot of cash because I have a car to fix. I might build a new computer next year but I most likely will not have one of these if they are out yet. I think 1 TB will be fine. Hell 250GB would be good for me. I've never had more than 80gb (my last computer... it died.)
dazzsser
I got my computer from 40GB to 500GB!!!!! Lol thats a massive increase!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Flakky
dazzsser wrote:
I got my computer from 40GB to 500GB!!!!! Lol thats a massive increase!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Haha. I had a moment like that as well. But then I went from 1.25tb to 2.25tb Very Happy
Yeah I spend too much money on my computer Neutral
Rajiev
Flakky wrote:
I can only things of a practical reason for this is to save the DNA profiles of entire countries...


I dont think a countries DNA profile can be save on a single pera bite drive :S
aws, I cant actually map DNA information to bytes. Perhaps in text format it may dont even need a petabyte :S
dude_xyx
This would be really interesting if this comes out in few years. if this 1.2 petabyte existed today then 560 drives would have hold entire internet ! I think i read somewhere Internet has around 550,000 TB Data.

But again within 5 years we ll probably count disk space in Terabytes anyway. So this won't be a big thing. Everyone will have 500 TB hard disks.
sandmanxyz
dude_xyx wrote:
This would be really interesting if this comes out in few years. if this 1.2 petabyte existed today then 560 drives would have hold entire internet ! I think i read somewhere Internet has around 550,000 TB Data.

But again within 5 years we ll probably count disk space in Terabytes anyway. So this won't be a big thing. Everyone will have 500 TB hard disks.



I hope you're right. I hope you're right.
ProwerBot
Grrr my 40gb hard drive is filled up =/ I really do need one of these.... and maybe a mac too (:
NINJA1200
seanooi wrote:
The owner of Colossal Storage, Michael Thomas, says he's the first person to solve non-contact optical spintronics which will in turn ultimately result in the creation of 3.5-inch discs with a million times the capacity of any hard drive - 1.2 petabytes of storage, to be exact

1.2 Petabyte is a hell lot of space there!
For hotse of you who don't know:
1.2Petabyte = 1 228.8Terabyte = 1 258 291.2Gigabyte

The 1.2Petabyte Hard Disk is expected to be finished around 2010-2011 and would cost approximately $750USD for 1.

Source from Here


It's 2011 now, so where's the 1.2PB drive?? Wink Laughing

There is still a long way for that kind a capacity drive. Maybe in about 7 or 8 years from now.
superman13
that is too big size for our motherboards.... becouse now motherboards suports about 2-3tb but 1.2 pb is too much Very Happy
Zenk
The only reason to get it, would be to make people jealous in the geek world xD. I have still like 180GB free with my 320GB : /
Fingrapyro
I can't wait for that 1.2 petabyte hard drive to actually come out!!!

I mean I got my one thera byte full pretty quickly (I put the rest of my staff on the external HD which is also almost full).

I remember just a few years ago I had a 40 gb win xp and how I begged for just a little bit more space on it. Rolling Eyes
Triththaus
superwrestler06 wrote:
how would you ever fill that up? You would have to be like a game, music, and video freak. Or maybe when blu-ray video comes out it might be easier to fill.


I am new to the site what's up All,

Trust me it can be filled I've already managed to fill 3TBs granted it took a little time but I did it LOL 1.2 PB oh that would be so nice I would have room for more stuff.

T Twisted Evil
GamerGeekGuy
We can all agree on one thing here, that we are all geeks. Now all of you start using you'r geeky brains and realize why they would make such a thing. We are slowly but surely making more high quality operating systems. The first of these were just a few megabytes. Now they have started making o.s. as big as 20 to 30 gigabytes. At this rate we could have o.s. as big as 1 terabyte in the next say 5,10,20 years, not to mention the people with 2 or more o.s. So, we must try to keep up with advancing technologies (If it wasn't for the fact that modding voids warranty then we could just mod our way out of this mess). My point being that we should all ditch Mac and Microsoft. Heck let's all give Linux a try (seeing as there isn't any warranty to break).
psicone
As hard drive capacities increase so do the memory requirements of media rich devices. I'm using a 20 megapixel camera right now, which outputs 400 megabyte lossless bitmaps (per picture). A petabyte drive could hold 2 million pictures. But, by the time a petabyte drive becomes available, digital cameras will have higher resolutions (like 10 gigapixels, if the areal density increases at the same rate as magnetic harddrives). With a camera like this one could capture about 37529 pics on a petabyte drive... (assuming 24 bits precision per pixel). A movie playing with this quality would only last 10 minutes at 60 frames per second! Now, it already seems it's not enough.

Additionally any intelligent programs that start emerging are going to need a lot of storage space. 100 billion neurons (human brain) multiplied by just 10,000 synapses each is 10^16. So even if each synapse could only store 32 bits of information....

you would need 23 (1.2 PB hard drives) to encode one human brain. unless you feel safe with your automatic car having an IQ of only 30, we need more memory!
meiz
wow, 1 petabyte = 1,024 terabytes. Surprised
jeffv20
Saber wrote:
wow... just wow.. I cant think of any good reason to get one unless, its for more than one person. and if someone is able to fill that with only personal stuff, then thats just nuts. A lot of top quality video or something of the sort maybe. but wow.
keep in mind... this is the EXACT thing that people said with the creation of the first Gigabyte hard drive... AND they said the same thing when the first Terabyte hard drive came out as well... they all claimed that it was "More space than you will EVER need" i bet that there is some practical use for them... if not now, then who knows... 10 years down the line...
greenrub
Often play game in gameim with tera gold, and I often hope that we can make full use of it.
kmontano
That's awesome. The wonders of technology.
kocoblue
petabyte omg all that naughty storage :O

Wow i cant wait, storage forever

I can rip out the delete key.
feels good
taytay
I waaant it!!! Any news on if it exists yet in a form we can buy and use? I was planning on making a RAID server after college to hold all my junk i accumulate. But one of these would be very and simple! or use two in a raid in case one dies.... I want!
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