Dark Souls Fanatic Completes Entire Game Using Voice Commands

Dark Souls is a punishingly difficult and incredibly rewarding experience which encourages you to improve through repeat gameplay. Finishing the story is a major achievement as the game rewards your patience. Unbelievably, YouTube user gbbearzly, also known as bearzly on Twitch, completed Dark Souls with a Guitar Hero controller.  His real name is Benjamin Gwin and already a household name in the Soul’s community.

After this feat, he decided to up the ante and play the entire game without physical controls. Gwin used a piece of software, entitled VoiceAttack which maps voice commands to keyboard presses. As a result, every small action or movement was recorded and programmed. This includes camera down, small left, parry, block and more! Unfortunately, there was a latency of around 1.5 seconds between the voice registering and command which made the playthrough extremely challenging.

Despite the delayed controls, Gwin managed to finish the game in just over 30 hours. In contrast, a seasoned Souls’ played would usually finish the game using a traditional control method in 13 hours. After reaching the end, Gwin said:

“Can’t feel too good about that, because I really scrubbed that up for a long time but there we have it — Dark Souls voice control only, complete,”

“I honestly can’t believe I did this whole run, it was actually sort of fun but also extremely painful in a lot of ways.”

Even though he was quite modest after finishing the game, it’s difficult to comprehend how impressive this is. The video below charts the final moments in the game and shows how the voice commands work.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information

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Apple To Replace 3TB Hard Drives In 2012 Model iMacs

We all love that little extra storage, some of us even need it. At the moment my hard drive is warning me that I’m running with less than 50GB free (game sales always do that), and some of us sometimes even end up upgrading our hard drives just in case we might need that little extra space. So what about those of you who brought a 3TB iMac between December 2012 and September 2013?

For those who bought an iMac in this period might want to take up Apple on their replacement scheme they’ve recently launched. If you take them up on the offer Apple will replace and transfer your data (if it’s possible) until December 19th or three years after the original sale (whichever ends later). It will also compensate people who have paid to replace a hard drive from the list of affected models.

So what’s affecting all these hard drives? Quite simply they are failing almost 44% of the time, almost five times that of the models released during the 2013 period a year before.

The graph above outlines the information that MacNN was able to report on, showing that with a 44% for a 3TB Seagate hard drive, a significant change from their normal failure rate.

If you are a Mac user and want to check if your iMac may be affected check out the replacement scheme located here, by entering your serial number you can check if your system may be affected by this problem.With the offer

With the offer available, even if you’ve yet to experience a problem with your machine I would recommend checking and taking them up on the offer if the problem does affect you. The last thing anyone wants is to lose their files and memories because of a bad hard drive.

Thank you MacNN for the information.

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Toshiba Reveals Its 6TB Internal and External Drives

Toshiba has announced a 6TB capacity version of its Canvio Desk 3.5″ External USB 3.0 Hard Drive and Desk 3.5″ Internal Serial ATA 3.0 Hard Drive series, both of which are designed to extend capacity of your storage either as an upgrade or extension.

“Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives for more than 20 years,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President of Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “The time is right to upgrade our offerings not only to meet, but to exceed consumers’ expectations by expanding the offerings of our internal and external 3.5″ hard drives.”

The Toshiba Canvio Desk 3.5″ Internal and External Hard Drives will be available on the market in May 2015 at select retailers and on Toshiba’s Website. Both internal and external drives are set to come with a price tag of $369 and be accompanied by a three-year Standard Limited Warranty in the Americas.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information

Symantec Uncovers Tricky ‘Regin’ Malware

Anti-Virus company Symantec has identified a heavy malware threat named ‘Regin’. It’s said by PC World that this nasty piece of work was likely developed by a nation state and used by these criminals to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researching and individuals as far back as 2008.

Symantec released a statement on Sunday alongside a technical paper about the malware. Said to span across 10 countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan, Symantec had the following to say: “Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen”. It’s interesting to note that England, Australia and USA are not included on this list.

Worried for your own safety? You probably shouldn’t be. Up until this news has been uncovered and spread across the globe, you hadn’t been effected by it personally, so why would you now? We’re not trying to partake in any ‘big news’ fear mongering, don’t worry. However, if you’re the president of one of the countries listed above, then maybe you should take a knee and listen. A very select target audience, I know.

It’s reported that the first incarnation of Regin was used to spy on multiple organizations from 2008 to 2011, seeing it withdrawn and re-injected late into 2013. Symantec also claim that nearly half of the systems with Regin installed have been identified to involve private individuals and small businesses.

Symantec claims that Regin is a back-door Trojan that is “customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target” and “it provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance.” Alongside stating that “its authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks.”

We’ll continue to report as the story develops.

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Newly Trained Police Dog Can Sniff Out Hard Drives and Memory

Police dogs are a common sight as part of today’s police forces. Their supremely sensitive sense of smell (which can vary between 1000 and 10,000 times that of us humans) has led them to be a valuable asset in sniffing out drugs, money and people with high degrees of accuracy.

In a new wave of combating internet based crimes, Thoreau, a golden Labrador has had 22 weeks training after which he is now able to sniff out concealed computer hard drives, flash drives and other forms of flash-based storage, all of which may be harbouring child pornography.

Last month Thoreau performed his first search warrant during which he was able to pick out a flash drive that had been concealed below four layers of clothing and then a tin box, which itself was then hidden in a metal filing cabinet. The drive that he found was discovered to be harbouring child pornography and as his handler, Detective Adam Houston told reporters, if a device has a memory card, he will be able to find it.

Although he is not able to actively find devices harbouring the indecent images amongst those that don’t, his ability to sniff out drives that are hidden in unusual places that paedophiles tend to use is the key weapon that the police need to secure the incriminating evidence.

In exchange for finding the drives, Thoreau gets some food, which in itself is the only thing that he is really interested in, finding a drive = food so it’s no wonder that he will go to all lengths to find it. The battle against child pornography just moved up to the next level for the Connecticut State Police force.

Source: Slashdot

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Buffalo Announce New Type of External Hard Drive With DRAM Caching

Hybrid drives are starting to become a commonplace on the component market as a suitable upgrade solution for those wanting a drive with the capacity of a hard drive, but with read speeds that are more in the regions of a solid state drive. Keeping up with this new trend, Buffalo Technology has unveiled a new class of external hard drive which features a DRAM cache to offer faster read speeds to commonly accessed data.

Unlike an internal hybrid drive however, the HD-PGDU3’s cached area is not a true solid state partition with the cached data being held on volatile DRAM memory which is kept alive by an internal battery. Naturally this means that after a period of time the battery will run out of power and the cached data will be lost, however Buffalo do provide a small battery meter and in addition to providing the cache with power, the battery also ensures that there is no data corruption in the event of the drive being disconnected from the host device too early.

Two models of the drive will be available at launch with 500GB and 1TB capacities with both drives offering 1GB of DRAM cache backed by a lithium-ion battery. USB3.0 connectivity ensures the cached data can be accessed as fast as possible with speed of up to 400MB/s on offer.

There is no word on pricing or availability as of yet, but with Computex on the horizon we suspect any further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Source: Techpowerup

Seagate Desktop 3.5″ 4TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Review


In today’s market, there are countless storage options out there for you to choose for your current system or for a new build that you are planning and in general we find one of two main options being selected for the primary boot drive – this being either a hard drive which offers up large storage capacities, or a solid state drive that mainly offers up the speed.  In the OEM sector, the operating system is typically installed on to a hard drive, whilst custom-built systems from the like of Overclockers UK and PC Specialist use either hard drives or the faster technology that a solid state drive has to offer based on the target audience and the price point.

When we look at where we can boost the performance of a system, be it a pre-built system that is already owned, or one that is in the process of being “spec’d” up, one of the key areas where performance can be gained is through the storage medium, but even in today’s market, the price per GB of storage that a SSD sees over that of a hard drive is still quite high. This premium for SSD performance can in some instances leave users with quite a dilemma; do you choose space or performance?  One option that many say you should go down is to buy a SSD for the boot drive and then a secondary hard drive for the volume, but although the price of entry-level solid state products is far more affordable than it was only a year or to back, by the time you take the price of a hard drive into account, the cost is still fairly expensive for some. Naturally the other logical route that many users see is to simply go down the mechanical drive route and sacrifice performance in favour of purchase cost and the larger volumes that are on offer.

There is a third option that still seems to be pushed to one side of the market, namely the hybrid drive. This type of drive which incorporates both solid state technology along with the volume of a spinning platter has been around for a couple of years now and even though there are a good selection of products on the market, there is this unspoken hesitation that a hybrid drive is not all that good and it is better to just cut your losses and get a SSD. The matter of fact is though that as the technology has matured, the performance benefit that can be seen from a SSHD over a straight forward mechanical drive is far greater than it used to be and the result is a drive which can offer faster read speeds and in turn giving the user a notable boost in the overall system performance – particularly when booting into Windows as an example.

Filtering through the specifications of the desktop SSHDs, we can see that all SKUs come with a 64MB cache on a SATAIII interface along with an average seek time as low as ~8.5ms. For the solid state portion of the drive we get 8GB of MLC type NAND and as a result we can see read speeds of up to 190MB/s on offer when accessing cached data (up to ~156MB/s directly from non-cached data.

Icy Dock ‘Black Vortex’ MB074SP-B 3.5” 4-in-3 Cage Review


Over the last couple of years I’ve reviewed a fair selection of products from the Icy Dock catalogue, ranging from external drive enclosures such as the Blizzard and the MB559U3S SuperSpeed to a variety of SATA backplanes and drive bay adaptors including the FatCage MB155SP-B, MB971SP-B and MB994SP-4SB-1 Quad 2.5″ Backplane. Overall it’s a fair statement to say that they have a wide variety of angles covered and the tastes of many users fulfilled with their products, whether it be through the design or the functional capability. With so many items on offer, we are a little amazed to see that Icy Dock have once again come up with a new product and this time round the product is in principle a cooled multi-bay drive adaptor. Taking up three optical drive bays, the Black Vortex MB074SP-B is able to house four 3.5″ hard drives in an open air frame design, offering a quick and simple access to one or more drives whilst offering the benefit of active cooling through a front mounted 120mm fan.

Aside from a traditional 3.5″ hard drive, the Black Vortex is also compatible with a number of Icy Dock’s own 2.5″ to 3.5″  EZ-Dock and EZ-Adapter product ranges, allowing more than just a hard drive to be installed into the chassis. With so many drive bay adaptors and mounting solutions now available on the market from a number of vendors, the question stands to ask if we have enough options already available to cater every persons need, or does this unit really offer up the functionality that some users are after to mount and keep their drives cool.

Like any other Icy Dock product, the packaging is very informative with plenty of information about the cage on hand; detailing the units specifications, features and design. Inside the box things are a little more concise with a simple user installation guide and two sets of screws for fitting the brackets to each of the four drives and securing the framework into your chassis.


ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 500GB Wireless HDD and Power Bank Review


Since the first time that I had a wireless hard drive in for review, I had a mixed set of feelings with the concept and the functionality of the devices, though as of late, there have been a large number of improvements seen across the board with better performance, longer battery life and most of all a mobile application that works as it should do. With most of these teething troubles having been taken care of, I have a more welcome feeling on the technology and I can now see it in a better light as to how they can improve our mobile lives. To top this revised emotion, the pricing side of things has also settled down and as a result vendors are now able to introduce products with more features including the importance of having greater storage capacities. We now have a range of devices out there that can cater for a wide variety of needs and budgets.

The AE800 is not the first wireless storage product to roll of the ADATA production line and in the early part of last year I took a look at the AE400 wireless card reader and power bank, which gave users the flexibility to insert an SD card of their own choosing to either share photos or provide a small amount of sharable storage for a number of mobile devices such as tablets and phones. The bottom line from that review was that ADATA’s first attempt at wireless storage impressed me, with a unit that was easy to use, compact and good-looking. Granted that the mobile app needed a little bit of polishing off around the edges, but it worked all the same and did what it needed to. Since then the app has seen a few changes and the end result is a more reliable and functional area through which you can wirelessly connect to a compatible drive.

The AE800 that I’m taking a look at today pulls a number of features from the AE400 although the obvious difference here is with the storage medium. Where the AE400 was flexible in its storage capacity and connectivity, with the option for both USB drives and SD cards to be connected to the unit and then shared out, the AE800 only has the option to share out its own integral storage. Inside the black, sleek-looking chassis is a 500GB 5400rpm drive courtesy of Western Digital and to power it whilst on the go, a larger capacity 5200mAh battery is on hand. Like the AE400, the AE800 still has the option to charge a mobile device such as a smartphone with the capacity there to charge you phone from flat to full twice (depending on the battery capacity of your handset).

Although the AE800 is designed for use whilst out and about, there is still a native USB3.0 port included as part of the specification, allowing the drive to be connected to a desktop or laptop system in a more traditional manner to copy media and other files to and from the drive ready for use on the go; whether it be for business use, or for sharing of video content to the kids tablets in the back of the card on a long journey.

Alongside the hard drive we get a typical quick start guide to show how the unit is turned on and how you get connected to your mobile device. Alongside this is a USB3.0 cable and a mains power adaptor. Our sample here has a European tipped adaptor, however a plug for your region will be included should you choose to buy this unit.


Western Digital Black² Dual Drive 120GB SSD & 1TB HDD Review


Solid state storage as we know it today is certainly the way forward and this is proven by the fact that it is the storage medium of choice for any enthusiast or performance user. Whilst the speeds are fantastic, there is still a slight cause for concern to be seen when it comes to the amount of storage that these pioneering drives have to offer. Whilst flash storage is considerably cheaper than it was a few years ago, a typical 240GB SSD will set you back around £160-180 (~$260-295 US) and if you want to go any higher than this with a 480GB or even a 960GB drive then you really are starting to look at some serious money. On the flip side, the price of traditional mechanical storage is more affordable than ever and with 4TB drives available for as little as ~£133 (~$216 US) it really is a case of prioritising what is the greater need – is it going to be performance or capacity?

In a desktop system, this dilemma is typically not a problem, as the space is available to accommodate both solid state and mechanical drives and this is what we see many users opting for in the market today. When we move over to notebooks and ultra books however, the story couldn’t be any more different. Speaking for the vast majority of laptops that are out on the market today, storage is very limited and typically we find space for just one 2.5″ drive and no more. For a number of people, this is not really a real issue, as there is of course external hard drives and flash drives that can be used to extend your storage capacity, but when we look at it, this is not necessarily a practical option – especially for those of us who are on the go all the time. One option would be to remove the optical drive and install a 2.5″ drive adaptor in its place and this is good, but not every laptop has an optical drive, so this leads us back round to square one – do you choose performance or capacity?

One option that is available to you is to get a hybrid drive that offers up hard drive capacity but with the read performance of flash storage. The catch is that this isn’t really what we would call a proper solid state and hard drive combo as the flash portion of the drive is there purely to cache the commonly used data, making it quicker to access whilst the remainder of the data is still held on the spinning platters. What we really want is to have a drive that is effectively two in one and that is just what Western Digital have to offer with the Black² Dual Drive – to separate storage mediums, but in one single 2.5″ form factor – what we once thought to be a dream is now a strong reality.

ADATA DashDrive HV620 2.5″ 1TB External Hard Drive Review


Generally speaking when we talk about external hard drives, there is not as much to talk about these days compared to a few years ago when they were all the rage. Flash storage has been getting more and more popular with many users, simply due to the fact that it is more compact, offers faster transfer speeds and more recently they are starting to offer higher capacities. They do have a slight downside however and this is the relative cost. On the lower end of the scale, any flash drive up to around 16GB in capacity is easy to get hold of – almost to the point where people are literally giving them away. When we start to move up the scale to drives that offer 32GB and above, the performance of the drive also starts to go up and in turn so does the cost.

With the average size of files quickly growing and the need to carry more and more data around with us also growing, flash storage quickly becomes an expensive solution. This is where the good ol’ trusty hard drive comes back in to place. With the price of hard drives coming down to almost rock bottom prices and to a point where they are inexpensive option for a number of people, we find these legacy storage options holding on to a strong position in the market due to their cheaper cost for a higher capacity. Naturally we don’t expect these legacy drives to offer the same blazing fast speeds that flash storage has to offer, but instead the amount of data that they hold is the desirable feature.

Until a few months ago, getting anything more than 1TB into a 2.5″ drive as not though of and consequently you had to look at a 3.5″ drive – but these are not exactly ‘portable’ when you consider their physical size, weight and the fact you also need an AC power adaptor as well. Thankfully, the challenge of cramming 2TB of storage into a 2.5″ format has been overcome and now we find many vendors offering up models with 2TB capacity. ADATA is just one of these companies and their portable drive comes under the DashDrive line of products.

ADATA recently introduced the HV620 into the market, with capacities ranging from 500GB through 1TB and on to 2TB, but storage space is not all that these drives have to offer. When we took a look at the HE720 around a year ago, one of its biggest shouting points was its scratch resistant metal shell. The HV620 offers up the same scratch resistant property, however it is this time on a plastic case. Anyone that owns a plastic product with a glossy finish will know how easy it is to leave a fine scratch in its surface, but ADATA have taken care of this with a small lip around the perimeter of the drive that helps to prevent any marks appearing.

Western Digital 2.5″ Red 1TB NAS HDD Review


Launched just over a year ago, Western Digital’s Red line of drives, along with an easier to understand product line-up (Greed, Blue, Black and so on) have changed the way that many consumers look at their storage. The Red drives are built primarily for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) environment, but they are also suited for SOHO users who want drives that will deliver enterprise class performance but without the hefty price tag that the higher class of drive tends to come with.

With network storage becoming more of a common entity outside of the enterprise sector, for example in homes and offices, the Red line of drive have delivered enterprise class features and reliability with their three-year warranty for users with one to five bay NAS systems as typically seen in the SOHO and SMB sector where these drives are targeted.

As the density of storage has gone up we’ve seen the Red drives reach up to a whopping 4TB in a 3.5″ format, but with users wanting more compact systems, WD had to think ahead of the game and this leads us to the 2.5″ versions that we now also have on offer today. Offering up either 750GB or 1TB of storage each, the 2.5″ drives run with a, Intellipower spindle speed of 5400RPM and with 16MB of cache on a SATA 6Gbps interface, they are rated to handle a workload of 120-150TB of data per year, which for the most part is well over the data throughput that most small businesses will ever put their drives through.

Patriot Aero 1TB Wireless Hard Drive Review


Earlier in the year I had my first look at a new line of devices that over the recent months have been getting more and more popular with people on the go who need heaps of storage with them. Naturally I’m taking about wireless hard drives and when I first saw the Gauntlet way back last year at a trade show, Patriot were keen to show me what these drives had to offer, with scalability for connecting up to three devices at once and streaming content through the use of a mobile application that can be downloaded through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

What really set these units apart from the likes of Kingston’s Wi-Drive was that considerably larger storage capacity – offering up to 320GB through a 2.5” hard drive. Battery life was also fairly remarkable at the time as well with around 4 hours of continuous use to be expected and seen.

Moving forward to today, the Gauntlet series of wireless hard drives is now seeing its third member to the line-up. So far we have seen the Gauntlet with 320GB of storage and the Aero; a disk-less option that gives flexibility for users to install their own hard drive or even an SSD for better battery life. Let’s be honest though, 320GB doesn’t exactly seem a lot since yester-year and consequently Patriot have addressed this with the release of the Aero – a drive of the same design, but this time with a whopping 1TB capacity and improved battery life to go along with it.

For those who have read my review on the Gauntlet, which can be found here: Patriot Gauntlet 320Gb Review, this review is going to feel quite de-ja-vous, but I am going to briefly touch on the design followed as expected by the performance figures to see if there is any gain in performance from the larger drive.

Inside the box, we find all the required cables and a power adaptor with US, EU and UK plugs for powering and charging the drive from the mains during wireless use.

Western Digital My Passport Enterprise 500GB USB3.0 External Hard Drive Review

All portable hard drives on the market are in essence the same in generally speaking there is very little that sets each one apart, after all they take your files from one place to another. But waht if you wanted your portable hard drive to give just a little bit more? How about taking not just your files, but your entire desktop with you so that you can plug it into any computer, boot it up and then work in your very own workspace? Well it turns out this option is very much a reality and users of Windows 8 Enterprise have this option at their finger tips but this does mean that they need to have a Windows To Go compatible drive.

Windows To Go is a little picky on what drives it can be installed to and thus in order to use this feature, you need to find a certified product. The vast majority of the certified products however are flash based, but whilst this is great for speed, space is compromised. This is where Western Digital step in with the world’s only Windows To Go certified portable USB3.0 hard drive. Granted the drive is not going to offer to blazing speed that flash can, but it does repay the user with considerably more space to play with out of the box.

Corsair Voyager Air 1TB Wireless Hard Drive Review

Over the last few months, the number of wireless storage products and options has been growing and each of them has their own individual selling points; Patriots Gauntlet Node for example allows the user to install a drive of their own choosing based on their capacity needs, whilst ADATA’s DashDrive Air provides storage by connecting a USB hard drive or SD card whilst internally it houses a battery pack to charge a device through the USB port. There are also options from Kingston and Seagate as well, but overall there is one option that every other product of this nature on the market lacks and this is LAN.

In such a tightly fought market, Corsair have thrown a new connectivity option into the mix and this sets the Voyager Air apart making it usable not only over wireless and USB like other drives can, but also over a wired network when at home or the office. This simple addition along with a massive 1TB capacity in the case of the drive I’m looking at today, swiftly pushes the Voyager Air in front of the competition.

On top of the LAN connectivity and massive 1TB capacity, Corsair’s drive also houses a large capacity Li-On battery allowing for up to seven hours of use from a single charge, USB3.0 is also available to use allowing for faster direct transfers to the drive and considering this is a portable drive, there is also an in-car power adaptor allowing the device to be charged whilst on the go – ideal for those long car journeys and allowing the kids to watch their favourite episodes of Dora the Explorer on an iPad or Android tablet without having to fill both devices with content of their own.

There are certainly a lot going for the Voyager Air, but it really comes down to how well it performs in the real world. After all it’s no use if the battery doesn’t last long or the mobile app is very ropey around the edges making connecting and using the drive hard or even impossible.

Aside the drive itself, Corsair include a regional accessory pack with mains power adaptor with UK and European tip in our case (naturally US customers will get a different tip), the in-car 12V charger, a USB3.0 cable and USB to DC power cable. All this can be kept together in the included bag and a user manual gives information on how to get yourself up and running.

Seagate Ship Over Two Billion Hard Drives

Way back in 1980, storage manufacturer Seagate (formerly Shugart Technology) released their first hard drive, the ST-506 which packed a whopping 5MB of storage in its 5.25inch frame. The drive proved to be a huge success and seen a 10MB version was released. The success of these drives was to be shown as they featured as sole OEM drive supplier for the worlds first personal computer to contain a hard drive from IBM.

Move forward a few years and Seagate have achieved numerous milestones including the introduction of the first drive with a 7200RPM spindle speed back in 1991 (still the standard today) and later in mid 1993, the company celebrated the shipping of 50 million drives.

Later on in 1996 Seagate came out with another industry first with a 10,000 RPM drive, a speed that again is still used today. Moving past the 250 million mark in 1999 and through to the next century, technology has come a long way and in huge leaps as well, Seagate took the speed factor to the next step with their 15k RPM drive and over the next five years they would go on to sell over 10 million of these units.

Moving into more recent times, and with data becoming more and more critical for not just businesses, but also home users alike, we’ve seen a boom in drive capacity, with current drives now rolling out with 4TB of storage – that’s 838860 times the capacity of the companies first drive way back in 1980. But to go one step further, the rate at which drives are having to be made has has to increase substantially and since Seagate passed the one billionth shipment back in 2009, the rate of sales has rocketed and in the last four years alone, sales have been for an additional one billion units, putting another milestone on the companies roadmap.

Seagate estimate that the rate of data consumption is going to continue to grow at an exponential rate and for users that continuously use 1TB of data per month are in the next two years expected to be generating twenty times the amount that they currently do. Thanks to research that Seagate announced last year, with the possibility of drive data density to become greater and greater as they demonstrate a unit with 1TB/square inch, with the chance of scaling this to 60TB in the next 15 years or so, we should still see the humble hard drive a critical part of our day to day life even as solid state storage stands to take priority in the modern tech environment.