MrSeb writes: "Flash storage has its advantages, such as packing a lot of capacity in a smaller footprint than the traditional hard drive, and the ability to access that data quickly. That’s not going to last, say researchers with the University of California, San Diego and Microsoft Research: 2024 will be the year of reckoning for flash and solid-state drive technology. Using current chips as a basis, researchers set out to gauge the state of flash technology [PDF] overall. They found that latency and data errors increased as drive size increased. These issues worsened to the point of making the drive too unstable somewhere around 16TB, which the researchers say we will reach sometime in the middle of the next decade."