15 Years Of Hard Drive History: Capacities Outran Performance
We've got quad-core processors, gigabytes of RAM and awesome graphics. But what has been going on with hard drives during all the time that these goodies have been developed? Capacities have multiplied and will hit one terabyte per drive soon, but as you'll see in this article, performance hasn't been able to keep up the pace.
These are exciting but also difficult times for the storage industry. The gradual transition to high definition multimedia content greatly improves our experience, but also multiplies our storage requirements. There is high demand for ever-increasing storage capacities thanks to ever-larger quantities of digital audio, photos and video. As a consequence, capacities for 3.5" hard drives have also grown, all the way up to 750 GB. Unfortunately, performance has not been able to increase at nearly the same rate.