How Many Bytes Can Fit on a Platter?

Seagate has just announced a new 1.5Tb hard drive. That’s 1.5 terrabytes, or 1.5 trillion bytes.

My first computer, an IBM 8088, had a 10Mb (megabyte) drive. That’s .00001 terrabytes. At the time, I couldn’t imagine ever filling it up. Little did I know.

If I get one of these babies, I’ll never need more storage, because there’s no way I could ever . . . oh, never mind.

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