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IBM has been on the forefront of the personal computer industry ever since it first introduced the PC to the masses. In an article in The New York Times on the web, it was announced that scientists of Big Blue had achieved a startling technological breakthrough. This could result in disk drives capable of holding more than one trillion bytes of data, more than 100 times the capacity of today's most typical hard drives.
IBM researchers have found a way to chemically force tiny magnetic particles to automatically arrange themselves. In the arrangement, the particles, which could contain bits of information, could be packed together tightly and precisely.
IBM executives cautioned that while the breakthrough is cause for scientific excitement, it will not mean that next generation disk drives will be available any time soon. It took almost a decade for IBM to take its Gigantic Magneto Resistive head technology from the laboratory to consumers.
This week, IBM also announced a new record capacity hard drive.
The 7,200 rpm Deskstar 75GXP for desktop computers holds a whopping 75-gigabytes (GB) of data, more than 10 times the capacity of drives found in the average home PC.
Users will benefit enormously from Deskstar 75GXP's ability to store more movies, pictures, music and business information on their PCs. A single drive can now store the equivalent of up to 18 DVD movies in MPEG3 format, 159 music CDs or the data contained in a stack of documents 20 times taller than the Washington Monument.
These are the first IBM desktop drives to use glass disk platters instead of aluminum. The smoother and more rigid glass disks allow the recording head to read smaller bits of information that are packed more closely together. In addition, glass disks are more stable at higher speeds.
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