Years ago we could have never imagined this kind of storage space in a single drive, 8 Terabytes! Seagate is now shipping these drives in a 3.5″ form factor for only $260 USD. It is a bit slower than many SATA drives at 5900 rpm and 150 MB/sec. The average SATA is 7200 rpm and SSDs have average speeds over 500 MB/sec.
At only 3 cents per gigabyte, this is a great deal! You probably can’t get your hands on one in time for the holiday season, but I imagine receiving it in January is not a problem as Amazon is reporting they will have stock then.
A bit of History
Here is a 1956 picture of IBM’s first super computer with a hard drive, the IBM 305 RAMAC. The hard drive could store an amazing 5 Megabytes worth of data. It weighed over 2,000 lbs. Seagate’s 8 TB hard drive fits in the palm of your hand and can store over 1.6 million times more data.