Hard-Disk Limitations

A Stanford University project concluded that hard-disk drives could become unstable at very high speeds.

Many technologies perform well in laboratory tests and wow attendees viewing conference demos. But in a recent test by some scientists, the foundation for our dominant storage systems was under attack.

A project at Stanford University labs led by some of the university’s researchers, a scientist from the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Moscow, and engineers from hard-disk drive leader Seagate Technologies LLC concluded that hard-disk drives could become unstable at very high speeds.

The researchers used a particle accelerator to blast electrons at almost the speed of light at magnetic material used in hard-disk drives. Scrambled patterns left behind on the material were evidence of eventual hard disk drives that could someday, many years from now, produce garbled information.

News source: InformationWeek

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