We're sorry to break the bad news, but that 5TB hard drive
you bought last week? Yeah, it's already obsolete. Seagate has started shipping
the first-ever 8TB desktop hard disk, doubling the 4TB capacities that seemed huge just a couple of years ago
. If it's any consolation, though, this machinery isn't ready to go inside your hot gaming PC. Right now, all those terabytes are destined for data centers where capacity trumps every other concern; Seagate isn't mentioning prices, but enterprise-class storage is rarely cheap. You may want to set aside some money all the same. These extra-roomy drives have a tendency to filter down to the mainstream pretty quickly, so you may soon have more free disk space than you know what to do with... at least, for a little while.