Unbelievable advances are once again being made in the world of data storage. Now available is a 16 TB SSD storage drive which is currently the world’s largest. This is 16,000 GigaBytes of space. How much storage is that exactly? It is around 7 billion pages of text or 4,000 DVDs. Even better, this is a solid state drive (SSD) which means it has no moving mechanical parts and is much faster than a traditional computer hard drive which are spinning disc platters. It has a read/write speed of 1.2 GigaBytes per second so you can fill this new drive up in just over 3 hours.
Samsung was able to achieve this much storage using their new 3D V-NAND technology which allows them to vertically stack the memory cells. They claim this new technology allows their drive to run faster and more efficiently than other SSD storage devices.
This is currently targeted to the enterprise market and not immediately available to PC enthusiasts however I am sure this new technology will become available in consumer products in the near future.
IBM ships one of the first hard drives in 1956, a whopping 5 MegaBytes of space which was comprised of (50) 24″ discs and weighed a literal ton.
Today’s hard drives fit in the palm of your hand.