We're big fans of solid-state hard drives here at Komando. In the past, we've talked about their benefits of speed to reliability compared to traditional hard drives.
However, two areas where traditional hard drives still have the edge are cost and size. Costs are coming down so SSDs are now reasonable; you can get 250GB models for under $100. However, if you need a hard drive with massive storage, a traditional drive will give you more - or that used to be the case.
Samsung has started shipping the world's largest solid-state drive, and it's even larger than any traditional hard drive on the market. It clocks in at 15.36 terabytes, which is equal to 15,360 gigabytes, or enough room to store 600 HD movies or 1.5 million photos, give or take a few.
However, while the storage size is massive, the drive is still in the standard laptop/SSD 2.5-inch format compared to most traditional drives which are 3.5 inches. So, it actually takes up less physical space in a computer.
Samsung did this with its super-dense, proprietary 256 Gigabit vertical NAND memory units. It created a stacked array with 512 of these.
There's no word from Samsung on the cost for the drive, but this massive SSD is aimed squarely at businesses that need plenty of fast storage space, so don't expect it in the stores. However, looking at the cost of other Terabyte-capacity SSDs on the market, we would expect it to have a price tag of at least $75,000.