Samsung is getting ready to create a new record when it comes to the maximum hard drive size available for personal computers. Currently, the largest Samsung hard drives that are available are 3TB in size and these 3.5-inch drives are able to reach this drive capacity by having individual platters that are each 750MB in size.
Samsung has now developed a method of creating 1TB platters and because of this advancement, the electronics company is preparing on releasing their first 4TB hard drive. According to CeBIT which received the news through Heise, a German newspaper, this breakthrough will not be limited to just 3.5-inch drives, but will also stream down to the 2.5-inch drives as well with Samsung preparing to announce a standard height 2.5-inch 1TB drive that comes with two platters. Because this drive is of standard height, it will be compatible with the majority of laptop computers that are on the market today.
Although it not exactly known when the new 4TB Samsung drives will be available, we do know that the drives will belong to Samsung’s Spinpoint EcoGreen series and because of this, we can expect these to be 5,400 RPM drives that have 32MB cache and a SATA 6Gbps interface. According to Samsung, this new technology will not be limited to just developing 4TB drives, but with some design modifications, we may just see a 10TB drive down the road.
As with all new products, expect the 4TB drive to put a downward pressure on prices for the 3TB drives that are either available or coming soon from hard drive vendors such as Western Digital, Hitachi and Seagate.