Meeting the demand for more data storage in smaller volumes means using materials made up of ever-smaller magnets, or nanomagnets.
Solid state drives (SSDs) will account for more than one third of the computer storage market in 2017.
Seagate has announced its Video 3.5 HDD, which it boasts is the industry's first 4TB 3.5 inch HDD with digital video recorders, set top boxes and surveillance systems specifically in mind.
IDC's worldwide storage tracker has noted that the personal and entry level storage market has shot up 73.4 percent year on year - reaching 20.2 million units shipped in Q1 2013, with shipment value growing 54.1 percent at $1.8 billion.
Western Digital is entering the hybrid hard drive market in style, with an ultraslim 2.5-inch SSHD designed for Ultrabooks and other anorexic devices.
An international team of researchers has found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1,000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies.
Outfits don’t seem to be gobbling up nearly as many hard drives as they should. According to consultancy firm Futuresource, shipments have gone from bad to worse over the past two years.
Researchers at the University of Leeds say that a type of bacterium which 'eats' iron to create tiny magnets could be used to make larger hard drives and faster connections.