Evolving the Hard Drive
Hard Drives are undergoing a renaissance that had been lost for years since the inception of the terabyte hard drive a few years back. What’s the reason for this? The solid-state drive is driving progress of larger capacity drives that are much more eco-friendly and reliable than their plate-spinning counterparts.
The SSDs are the future for a simple reason- they’re starting to become more cost-effective than their HDD counterparts- and that can drive sales. The SSDs also offer the advantage of no moving parts so the result is a quieter, faster, and less heat-generating piece of technology. This means heat efficiency that allows for mini-PCs and netbooks to be made much more readily.
In the future, solid-state drives will undoubtedly drive the development of hard drive integration into devices we never thought possible. Imagine a television with a built-in server for all your media files, a cook top or oven capable of playing back all your music collection over your local area network, or even a car that’s able to play back DVDs and music over the air on 3G networks.
Hard drives will still exist in some form or another, and the technology is becoming increasingly more efficient. Plates have never spun as fast and read/write heads have never been quite as reliable. These advances are leading to higher-end, better terabyte hard drives, which in turn leads to even greater increases in the amount of information humanity can generate in a year.