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HGST Reaches 10-Nanometer Patterned-Bit Milestone


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HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) is leading the disk drive industry to the forefront in nanolithography, long the exclusive purview of semiconductor manufacturers, by creating and replicating minute features that will allow the doubling of hard disk drive (HDD) density in future disk drives.

HGST Labs announced today they have combined two innovative nanotechnologies -- self-assembling molecules and nanoimprinting -- to create large areas of dense patterns of magnetic islands only 10 billionths of a meter (10 nanometers) wide. These features are only about 50 atoms wide and some 100,000 times thinner than a human hair.

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Our wait for 2 TB/platter hard drives has been shortened! YAY!


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This is great n all, but how about making HDDs more reliable instead ? Right now quality is in the gutter, people are pretty much playing lottery when buying new storage. Who cares about bigger drives, if you dont know if it fails in a month or in a week ?
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@mckertis...they dont expect someone to go out and get a 4tb drive to run the OS, it goes in a server with a raid 5 or 1 array where it can fail and just be replaced...
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Reliable? get a WD RE or VRaptors series and stop worrying for 160 years, if u can live that long.

U must have had really bad luck or someone providing u with refurbished drives.

Ah well.
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Lol I read this earlier on my phoe but got beaten to it replying.

No one ever works on a disk scale anymore these days, it's volume level. If you're after reliability, we've had RAID for as long as we've had disk systems. put 4 in 1+0 and you'll never have to worry about losing your volume.

In case your house melts down however, you'd still need to go to your offsite backup.

My Raptor has something along the lines of over 4 years powered on hours and was still going strong when I retired it earlier this week. Not to mention it was faster than the 7200RPM HDD I replaced it with (for capacity and noise reasons).