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It's good to see capacity still growing as the need for space keeps growing.
It's kind of sad. About 5 years ago we were all orgasmic over the future of HDD's. My how times have changed. I never would have thought of sacrificing capacity for speed at a demanding price tag, but I did and never looked back. I'm assuming they're finally starting to break the 1TB increments every couple years to try and gain momentum again.
With 3D NAND it's only a matter of time before 2TB SSD's come out and break the $500 barrier. Thanks to Samsung 1TB is already there. Really wish the remaining HDD guys luck in the future because there was a time when SMR/HAMR/BPM was very interesting.
I'm still using a 240gb ssd, and I haven't filled it...
I actually have several of their 6TB consumer drives in my NAS. A little less than 5c a GB for the density was worth it, even though 4TB drives are a little cheaper (3.75~4c a GB).
I think that Helium-filled thing is really cool. I still think 1TB is crazy large. Its what I'm running along my 256GB SSD. Can you guys imagine cheap 8TB SSD? Maybe in 2020! It should exist by then, but I'm not sure it'll be cheap. Only time will tell.
I can't see 8TB being cheap. You can get a quality 4TB today for around $150. A 6TB cost around $300. So you are looking at something like $500+ for a 8TB most likely. Until the next tech to increase platter density becomes common, the HDD companies have to go to extreme measures to produce the bigger drives.
These initial releases are always going to be expensive and have less than perfect performance. It's a measure to show how they are growing. Prices will come down and quality will go up just like it always does with technology.
8TB, why? Unless your starting your own electronics business or software company, I don't see the point. What's even more scary is that you actually fill that 8TB and then it crashes due to HDDs being that large so early in development. I'd wait a couple years or sooner before I start looking into HDDs that huge. Remember when 8GB was huge, lolz.