Post by Lone Wanderer on Feb 11, 2021 14:51:46 GMT
HDDs are not dead, they accounted for over 1ZB (a lot) of shipped capacity last year
Don't pour one out for the mechanical hard disk drive, it is still going strong in the era of solid state drives.
The hard disk drive (HDD) might be dead to some people, now that solid state drive (SSD) pricing is on a pedestrian level, but don't go throwing dirt on the mechanical storage medium's grave. As a whole, HDDs are still very much alive and well—storage makers for the first time ever collectively shipped more than a zettabyte of HDD storage in 2020.
A zettabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (or 1 sextillion bytes). To put that into perspective, a zettabyte is equivalent to a million petabytes, a billion terabytes, or a trillion gigabytes. It's a lot of data, in other words.
I have five computers, and they're using six hard drives in total. On this, for example, I have Linux on an SSD and Windows 7 on a hard drive. For as long as it's 7200 rpm, it's fast enough for me, even for newer games.
And with my trusted old 233 MMX, I have a Quantum fireball Ultra DMA 2 gb hard drive. It can sustain a transfer rate of 5 mb/s under CPU load. -Which was pretty impressive when I bought it back in 1996.