As solid state drives (SSDs) become cheaper, their appeal as the storage option of choice over conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) increases. But that’s not stopping Seagate from pushing out HDDs with larger capacities. The company intends to not only release 18TB and 20TB drives next year, but also a 50TB drive by 2026.
In an earnings call, CEO Dr Dave Mosley said that the company intends to launch the 18TB drive in early 2020 first. The 20TB drive will come later, but still within 2020. Earlier in September, the company also posted a new roadmap indicating that it aims to release drives of 50TB or more by 2026.
The roadmap also indicates that future, large-capacity drives will be making use of what’s known as Heat-Assisted magnetic Recording (HAMR). This tech allows disks to store data in smaller parts, allowing them to be more densely packed.
These large capacity drives will certainly be useful for people who run their own NAS. But still, it’s unfortunate that Seagate is toning its own projections from last year of getting a 100TB HDD out by 2025.
(Source: PC Gamer)