Terastor

Terastor

(Terastor, Inc., San Jose, CA) A company that was developing a next-generation hard disk. Founded in 1995 and disbanded in 2000, advances in regular hard disks kept it from gaining the edge it was looking for. Terastor's Near Field Recording (NFR) used a patented Solid Immersion Lens (SIL) from Stanford University that focused the laser beam down to a tiny spot. It employed magneto-optic recording, but placed magnetic and optical elements on the same head rather than on opposite sides of the platter. See magneto-optic disk.
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TeraStor, in another project, is trying to fabricate "mesas and valleys" on a disk's flat surface to keep magnetic data spots physically apart, but such tiny sizes impose big manufacturing headaches.
Earlier this year, TeraStor announced that it will begin shipping near-field drives about now, but technical difficulties have delayed that schedule.
7] By the end of 1998, the strategic alliance of the TeraStor Corporation (San Jose, CA) and Imation (Simi Valley, CA) hope to offer a 5.
Has anybody actually seen a TeraStor drive or a Quinta drive?
While Terastor (Corporation) has made announcements, it is unclear when such products may be offered, although current information on the company's website indicates that first product will be available at the end of 1999.