I’ve had a technology category I haven’t used in over 3 years. Good fucking lord. I can’t believe I waited that long just to post a tech entry.
Let’s begin with my opening image. If the bro-hug is making you wary, please direct your eyes to the right-most girl. She’s flipping out because she’s a (recently awakened) fujoshi. I am flipping out, too.
For you see, Seagate has finally developed a design with more than one actuator in a spindle hard disk. It’s amazing for how long this seemed an obvious solution, but only in this most recent announcement that it’s finally a viable product. It’s very much like the lead up to the Oculus Rift. We’ve had the technology to do VR for a very long time. However, we needed technology to reach a point where it is cost-effective to do so. The Rift was simply slapping smartphone panels onto our heads, and then waiting for panel technology to get good enough.
I wondered why we weren’t making one with individually moving heads. This news item is bluntly saying we simply didn’t have the technology to get it to happen. Seagate was already making designs for a while, and now a two actuator hard disk is finally feasible.
Makes you wonder if it’s still worth it when we have SSD solutions today. I do think that spindle drives are on the way out. But having this new tech might mean that those who can’t afford the comfort of SSDs will still have a low-cost high capacity option. It also means that the SSD+spindle option will remain a popular solution for an even longer time.
However, all of this might mean nothing for a number of anime fans. Not everyone has piles of hard drives and a full tower PC. I imagine a large portion watch on their TVs via a gaming console or phone, as well as directly on their phone. So, while I’m rather excited that such technology is still developed, improving spindle-based storage might be a breath in the wind. Spindle drives would have to receive another innovation in data retention and longevity – if not simply becoming indestructible in normal or extreme operations.