“Digital content use is exploding in the consumer market—with this 1 TB hard drive, a lifetime of memories, music and other information can be made, stored and shared with others,” said Neil Hand, Dell’s worldwide consumer marketing consumer product group VP, in a statement. “This type of capability used to be available only to the largest corporations. With the spectacular advancement in hard drives and the engineering in our systems, we’re now able to bring it to consumers.”
To promote the 1 TB drives, Dell is launching a “Video Time Capsule” event, which invites users to submit video messages to posterity via Dell’s StudioDell community Web site. Dell will store all the video content submitted through the remainder of 2007 on a 1 TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive, then store it for 50 years on the Dell campus in Round Rock, Texas. Whether there will be SATA interfaces around to pull that video off the drive in 50 years—or software to decode our primitive video formats—remains anyone’s guess.