Maxtor validates 175GB per platter tech
Maxtor has validated a new disk manufacturing process that will allow for storage densities of up to 175GB per platter. Here's a snip from the press release:
MILPITAS, Calif., October 13, 2003 -- Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO), a worldwide leader in hard disk drives, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, MMC Technology Inc., demonstrated its new perpendicular recording medium (PMR) disk manufacturing process which delivers production costs similar to today's longitudinal recording media. MMC showcased a single-pass media production process for perpendicular medium using existing manufacturing equipment, making the transition to the next era of areal density possible at affordable costs.
175GB platters will no doubt help Maxtor offer hard drives with ridiculous amounts of storage, but with most hard drive manufacturers offering only a single year of warranty coverage, I have to wonder if Maxtor's priorities are in the right place. I'm all for bigger, cheaper hard drives, but if manufacturers are only willing to stand by the integrity of their drives for a year, I'd be pretty wary of using all that storage capacity for anything important.
Of course, with Intel, NVIDIA, and VIA all offering RAID 1 support in their core logic chipsets, paranoid users should be able to easily protect themselves from data loss.