perpendicular recording - Computer Definition
A method of digital recording on a magnetic disk in which the bits are in a vertical arrangement instead of horizontal in order to take up less space. Also called "vertical recording," Toshiba and Seagate introduced perpendicular recording drives in the 2005-2006 time frame. Other drive vendors followed, and areal densities reached 400 gigabits per square inch by 2009. A Trillion Bits Per Square Inch Heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) combines perpendicular recording with a laser to heat the medium and bumps areal density to a trillion bits per square inch (see HAMR). See superparamagnetic limit and areal density.