Ran across this September 2016 article about Samsung’s plans to drive SSD prices down to magnetic hard drive levels by 2020. As the article notes, magnetic hard drives today cost about 4 cents per gigabyte, whereas SSDs cost 20 to 50 cents per gigabyte storage.
For example, I can go on Amazon and buy a 4tb magnetic hard drive for about $110 (3 cents per gigabyte). Samsung makes a 4TB SSD, but it currently costs $1540 (39 cents per gigabyte).
On the other hand, SSDs have a lot of advantages over magnetic hard drives, though not enough to warrant paying 13 times as much (at least for my intended usage). If SSD prices do fall to current HD prices by 2020, that would be a major game changer.
Back in June, I blogged about the Pro Storage 18, a foam hard drive storage system that was designed to be stored in a standard file box or a file drawer.
Getting one of these proved more difficult than I thought–the first seller I ordered one from on Amazon basically lied about having these in stock. Then, by chance, I was looking at Amazon a few weeks ago and Amazon itself was selling them. This was apparently a fluke, because now I notice the product is being listed as being available only from third party sellers at a 35%+ markup. It’s weird how hard this thing is to find.
Anyway, here’s a picture of the foam storage unit in my office drawer at work where it currently holds 16 hard drives. A few of these are older 2tb hard drives, so that’s roughly 50tb of hard drives there, nicely protected by foam.
Overall, I was extremely impressed by the quality and the usefulness of the Pro Storage 18. Obviously this is an extremely niche product, but if you have a lot of hard drives that need to be stored safely nearby for quick use, this is pretty much the way to go IMO.
Want to make the switch to SSDs but feel they don’t offer enough storage space? Then you might want to hold off making any purchases for a while because Intel, in partnership with Micron, is reportedly getting ready to unveil SSDs with 10TB of storage capacity.
Right now the largest SSD that Intel offers has 4TB of storage.
The increase in capacity is made possible by Micron’s 3D NAND flash, which it is now able to produce in volume. Samsung and Toshiba already make use of 3D NAND flash technology in their SSDs, but neither have hit the 10TB mark.
Interesting look by Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates on the future of magnetic media. The Advanced Storage Technology Consortium recently released an updated roadmap that estimates areal density on hard drives will increase roughly 10-fold by 2025 — if that actually happens, that would allow for 100TB hard drives in 2025.
Seagate and other manufacturers have already announced plans for 10TB hard drives in 2015 with plans for 20-30TB hard drives by 2020.
To go to 100TB, however, will require deploying new technologies like Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording “in which a small laser is used to heat the part of the disk that is being written to.”
You can never have too much storage, which is why it’s nice to see that SanDisk has introduced a 512gb SDXC card. Retailing for $799.99, the card is aimed at high-end photographers and people shooting 4K video.
I can’t wait until the price of this falls to the point where I can stick one in my phone.