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Evolution in Hard Drive Capacity

The day arrived early this year in January when Hitachi released the first commercially available 1 terabyte hard drive. A terabyte is approximately 1000 gigabytes in capacity.

Most ordinary people at the current time won’t use nearly this much space as high definition video (broadcast in 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) has not yet become ready to broadcast in the country. When that day arrives, however, the need for super-huge hard drives will be manifold, as the boosted video format requires about 4 to 5 times the space over current video formats for storage. It is supposedly in the pipeline that all the South African Television stations will be broadcasting in true HD by the time the 2010 soccer world cup arrives. This means that the hard drive based recorders that are widely used right now will probably be rendered almost entirely obsolete by that time, as will most television sets.

This step up in technology will undoubtedly bring about greater needs in terms of storage backup and data recovery efficiency, since the more massive the demand for increased storage capacity, the greater the effort and time required when trying to scan damaged drives for crucial data or perhaps enhancing data compression capabilities.

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