In our culture and society these days, it seems that there is a growing obsession with being first. First in class, first on the grid, first in line to get the new iPhone…the list is practically endless when you think about it. Well, Seagate, a company that is well known in churning out storage solutions and manufactures hard drives as their bread and butter, has achieved another industry’s first with their new 4TB hard drive. This 4TB hard drive might not seem like much at first, but the fact that it makes use of a quartet of 1TB platters makes it special.
According to a Seagate representative, “the four-platter design is a winning one that allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds.” Just to get a better appreciation on how much information can 4TB of space carry, we are looking at 800,000 photos, 450 hours of HD video, or more than 1 million songs. SSDs will have a long, long time to go before being able to catch up with hard drives in terms of capacity for sure, but that is like comparing apples to oranges.