The Biggest Hard Disk Drives In The World Could Reach 100 TB

We’re in an age where having a 500 GB hard drive isn’t something out of the ordinary. Heck, some people even have 1 TB hard drives (like myself). In fact, I’m going to shell out another $200 eventually to get a 3 TB hard drive after I’m done with my scheme of filling little capsules with milk and selling them as sperm to the nearest sperm bank. But 100 TB? Who can say he has a drive that big?

Well, a new breakthrough will allow this to become a distinct possibility. It’s called atomic holographic nanotechnology. It is precise enough to modify a piece of material at the molecular level leaving adjacent molecules alone. To understand the importance of this in a hard drive, you can read how hard drives work at our site.

If you’re too lazy to read, here’s basically what a hard drive does to store information: It has a large read/write head similar to the pick-up on a record player that never touches the drive’s platters (discs). Each of these heads modifies the magnetic polarity of tiny pieces of the drive. If the piece is magnetically pointing north, for example, it could represent a value of zero. That would make a piece that points south, magnetically, represent a value of one.

With atomic holographic nanotechnology, we can take this a step further and modify ferroelectric molecules to represent different bits of data. Since we’re now dealing with molecules, we can hold 100 thousand times more data on any given area than would be held by an area of the same size with magnetic I/O. Essentially, it would make a hard drive that currently holds 1 TB of data capable of holding 100 TB or more in the tiny 3.5-inch space that a hard drive normally occupies. The biggest hard drives in the world will hold more data than we’ve ever imagined, but this time could come sooner than we think.

Now, here’s a question: How much do you think such a drive should cost? Tell us in the comments section!

  • Scott Spooner

    Hmm how much should it cost??? Well it would be probably priced similar to how solid state drives were when they arrived. You would start at 10Tb upwards and it would go into the hundreds of pounds. As interesting as it is, is size really a big issue? I think speed is a much greater benefit. I swapped not long ago to SSD after they came down in price and you can easily notice the difference in booting speed. I also provide IT Support to a lot of my customers and it’s always speed not size that is the issue + if i need to give myself or my customers more space i can just install another drive. So my opinion is that it sounds great having 100TB but for the vast majority doing home computing it is not needed. For now that is… ;) who knows, in 10 years 100tb may be something that isn’t out of the ordinary. But I don’t think it will be on Disks