Och, Cap'n - they cannae take no more! This from the Beeb: US scientists have found the theoretical maximum speed that data can be written to a PC's hard drive. They discovered the limit by shooting electrons travelling close to the speed of light at a chunk of the same material used in computer hard drives This created magnetic field pulses too short to alter the material's properties and record a bit of data. The discovery might force hard drive makers to use exotic materials or new methods to breach this speed limit. Full story here. There's more on the story at Wired Athough according to the article, we won't need to switch to exotic materials like kryptonite just yet, as the fastest speed is still 1000 times faster than the quickest drives around today.