? WTF IS A SHINGLED HARD DRIVE?
Ugh, it’s naked. Put it in something already. Take it easy for a moment, Dr Design. Sometimes important advances in technology come not in the form of server-melting global keynotes and pavement all-nighters. Sometimes, some exceedingly clever people just drop you a line and say, without wanting to take up too much of our time, that they have just reinvented the humble hard drive. I don’t need a reinvented hard drive. I have an SSD and it’s turbo-shizzle! Well, then this is going to make you cry. It has read/write speeds that average a very standard 150MB/sec. But dry those tizzles off your schnizzle and try to understand: a quietly magnificent rejigging of conventional hard drive technology has paved the way for big capacity drives for little money. Seagate is the first company to market with a shingled magnetic recording device (SMR), in the form of this Archive HDD – consumer prices are expected to be around US$300 ($400) for 8TB of secure, low-power, dependable data platter. Doesn’t seem that cheap... Oh, just you wait. Once the other storage megacorps get involved, the prices will drop, paving the way for huge home servers at low prices. Which, considering the amount of videos, pictures, high-res audio and other digimatter you’ve been building up, can’t happen soon enough. Shingled magnetic recording may not have launched in a shower of fireworks, but it’ll save us from a time when terabytes cost terabucks.