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the future of hard disks

american scientist has this article about the past, present and future of hard disks and what will happen when we have 100+ terrabyte disks.

i know it's a stupid thing to say but, i don't currently use all of my 100+ gb of disk space, so what will we be storing. the concensus at work is that file compression will become a thing of the past as we go for quality over file size, but i am not convinced.

when i look back on this in 10 years time i'm sure i'll feel rather silly for ever questioning the need for so much space.