Coming sooner than you think: the 850GB hard drive

Maxtor is already shipping a 300GB hard drive based on 5 internal 80GB platters. Meanwhile, Maxtor also reports that recent improvements in "perpendicular" recording technology can more than double platter capacity to 175GB. The new techniques are said to be fabricable in current equipment.

That suggests single standard-sized desktop drives, using 5 internal platters, with capacities around 850GB in the not-too-distant future.

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