If we ever needed evidence for the booming market in hard drives with previously unthinkable volumes of storage, then look no further than TDK's upcoming jumbo HDDs.
According to the Register, a TDK presentation to financial analysts revealed, among other things, a new manufacturing process that will put 640GB on a single HDD platter.
As the 3.5-inch drives used in desktop PCs typically hold four or five platters, that suggests a whopping 3.2TB hard disk before long.
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Looking at the likely timing, the presentation suggests the new manufacturing technology could put the giant drives in shops as early as February next year.