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The death of the hard drive has been greatly exaggerated

twain3SSD is all the rage in the storage industry.  Very exciting technology for sure and just now going Prime Time in the enterprise. But the rise of SSDs does not correlate with a fall for hard drives.  

In fact, it looks like hard drives have quite a bit of life left in them. 

A new study by Dr. Mark Kryder and Chang Soo Kim at Carnegie Mellon on the state of storage technology in 2020 yields some surprising findings:

  • A 2.5″ disk drive will likely store 14 TB for about $40
  • Hard drives look to remain considerably less expensive than any competing technology
  • Flash memory will be the next best technology, but will be battling technology limits at about that time
  • Two other technologies to watch: phase change random access memory (PCRAM) and spin transfer torque random access memory (STTRAM)

The question to ask is not “Which technologies will replace hard drives?”, but “Which technologies will complement hard drives?”

What are your thoughts?  Agree or disagree?

One Comment

  • Michael775 Says:

    I think Ram will become the hard drive when you turn your computer on and it starts to load windows what it will be doing at this point is taking the file system image from the HDD and storing it on the ram once this is complete the hard drive would have copied everything stored on it to the ram. Everything you download delete update the software you install is all being written to the ram. And when you shutdown the entire file system is being re-image to the hard drive till the next time you turn on your computer again.

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