Hitachi has announced (PC World article) a 500 GB notebook hard drive, designed to fit the 2.5 inch form factor. Asus has pledged to be the first computer manufacturer to come out with a 1 TB notebook. I’m reeling.
The computer I’m using now is a Gateway with a 40 GB hard disk. 500 GB of storage is 1,250% of what I have currently. One terabyte would be a whopping 2,500%. The mind boggles at the amount of storage we can make these days, and it’s not stopping.
Despite the shock, I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll own a laptop with such gargantuan storage. The My Pictures folder on my computer (most of which consists of photos from my Canon PowerShot SD750) alone takes up 8 GB of space, the few video clips I have included. I’m down to about one Gmail account (currently about 6 GB) of free space, and the data I have to store is only increasing. Hopefully I’ll be due for an upgrade before I run out of storage space; otherwise, I’ll have to find an external disk.
Meanwhile, I’ll wait and watch as the $400 Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 makes its way into Asus’ and others’ notebook PCs.