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Tech’ news in brief: 1 terabyte storage coming to a computer near you!

1TB drives getting ready to hit the streets

It seems the day of the 1-terabyte consumer hard drive has finally become a reality. Hitachi announced yesterday, just before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that it will be shipping a 1TB hard drive by the end of the first quarter in 2007. The drive will be the first of three that the company is expecting to release in 2007; the other two are aimed at video pros and the enterprise market. Those two will ship in the second quarter of the year.“

And to think that my very first Mac had a 20 megabyte hard drive, or something crazily small like that. But that was small even then.

I had one of those retail LC models, which didn’t do hand-stands, but got me through the first couple of years at college.

The thing is, it’s not so much the capacities of hard drives that need a shot in the arm, it’s the removable storage that needs to leap forward.

No sooner did I get my G5 with a DVD writer, both my email and my music libraries ballooned beyond the capacity of a single DVD disk .. blow!

I suppose the same thing will happen when I get my next Mac with Blue-Ray.

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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