I never delete emails. I know people who spend lots of time going through every email, dealing with it, then deleting it when they are finished. I don’t. The amount of disk space required to store thousands of emails is so trivial these days I stopped deleting years ago. This new technology from Seagate and others will increase drive sizes by a factor of 50 in just a few years!
From the article:
“Imagine the storage capabilities of a 100 TB drive. 250,000,000 average MP3 songs or 250,000,000 12 MP photographs. Or 2000 completely filled Blu-ray discs or hundreds of 3D movies. ”
So what can you do with a 100 TB drive? Well, how about keeping a local copy of every single thing you ever see on the net? That way you can always go back and find everything you ever saw.
How about for the classroom? It allows a huge amount of HD video to be used in class.
The big problem now is one of network bandwidth. With the amount of data that can be generated, we will now need a revolutionary increase in network speeds. I think the only way to go next will be straight fiber. There is a lot of work on this now but this is the choke point now and will be even more in the future.
Larger Hard Drives are not disruptive but it will drive other parts of the internet. Awesome!