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Bit-patterned media (BPM) is emerging as a key hard disk drive (HDD) technology focus for Toshiba. Toshiba's two new advanced technology centres are looking at future HDD technologies such as bit-patterned media (BPM) and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). According to the general manager of the Advanced Technology …


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  1. Brian 6

    They will need to do better than that....

    "Toshiba is targeting 2016 to introduce BPM technology drives. We might expect to see 4TB, 2-platter, 2.5-inch disk drives from Toshiba then." Given that there are 3 TB drives available right now (Yes is the 3.5 inch form factor), a 2.5 inch 4 TB drive being introduced in FIVE years time would be laughed off the market. SSD's will also be far more popular and cheaper by then. Maybe not affordable 4 TB SSD's in 2016, but I'm sure I'll be able to afford a 1TB SSD by then.

  2. User McUser

    (With apologies to the entire human race.)

    <-- HAMR time.

    In all "seriousness", I am *so* looking forward to explaining to our customers why their "12TB" drives only have 10.9TiB of free space.

  3. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Big slow storage in 5 years.

    How big/fast/cheap will non-rotating storage be by then?

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