The mechanical arduous disk drive (HDD) has survived many years of innovation in storage and a seismic shift to stable state drives (SSDs), which provide a lot sooner speeds and no moving elements to fret about. No finish to the HDD is in sight, both. That’s as a result of HDDs nonetheless provide a superior bang-for-buck for uncooked storage capability, they usually’re about to breach the 30 terabytes threshold.
Head over to Amazon or Newegg and the largest-capacity HDD you may discover is 20TB. It’s been that method within the shopper house for fairly a while. However, that is about to vary. Showa Denko, a Japanese outfit that manufactures the platters that go into capacious HDDs, says near-line drives providing 30TB and much more space for storing will attain the market “by the end of 2023.”
Showa Denko revealed that tidbit as an apart to asserting it has begun delivery newly developed platters that may comprise 3.5-inch HDDs checking in at 26TB.
“The new HD media support energy-assisted magnetic recording and shingled magnetic recording (SMR). This time, by introducing Showa Denko Group’s latest magnetic layer design and technology to produce fine crystals of magnetic substance on the surface of aluminum platter, we successfully developed HDD media which have storage capacity of 2.6TB per platter, the largest one in the industry,” Showa Denka mentioned.
These 2.6TB platters boasting 1TB/in2 of density will go into Western Digital’s lately introduced 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 UltraSMR drives. However, this growth additionally paves the way in which for even greater HDDs with presumably denser platters exceeding 3TB within the not-too-distant future.
At the outset, we suspect 30TB HDDs will take goal at knowledge facilities and cloud storage suppliers. But this stuff have a method of trickling into the buyer realm considerably shortly. Imagine filling a NAS equipment with a number of 30TB HDDs.
They will not be low cost, although. A 20TB HDD usually prices $470 to over $500, relying on the mannequin. Even so, introducing even bulkier capacities can push down prices, at the least in principle. It will not simply Western Digital that releases greater capability drives, both. It’s price reminding that Toshiba lately shared a roadmap to 40TB and past.