HDDs

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enough to match HDDs in that market segment. Since the release of the last HDD guide, Western Digital has announced retail availability of their OptiNAND-equipped 22TB drives, Toshiba has introduced Pro lines for their X300 and N300 lineups, and prices have generally...

Western Digital 22TB WD Gold, Red Pro, and Purple HDDs Hit Retail

Western Digital's 'What's Next' event back in May 2022 had seen the announcement of its 22TB platform based on ePMR and OptiNAND (with ArmorCache). At the event, WD indicated...

23 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2022

Destination 30 TB: HDD Vendors Plan Different Routes to Hit Storage Milestone in 2023

In the recent months all three hard drive manufacturers — Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital — and some of their partners have outlined plans to ship 30TB HDDs already...

24 by Anton Shilov on 6/3/2022

Western Digital Announces 22TB CMR and 26TB SMR HDDs: 10 Platters plus ePMR

Western Digital is announcing the sampling of its new 22TB CMR and 26TB SMR hard drives today at its What's Next Western Digital Event. As usual, the hyperscale cloud...

24 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2022

Western Digital Spills Beans on HDD Plans: 30TB HDDs Planned, MAMR's Future Unclear

Western Digital this week said that its energy-assisted magnetic recording (ePMR) and OptiNAND technologies coupled with increased number of platters per hard drive would enable it to build HDDs...

41 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2021

Seagate Exos X20 and IronWolf Pro 20TB Expand Retail 20TB HDD Options

Seagate has updated their flagship capacity options for the retail HDD market with the availability announcement for two new hard drives today - the Exos X20 and IronWolf Pro...

10 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2021

Western Digital Reimagines HDD - Flash Integration with OptiNAND

The last few years have seen plenty of new innovations come up in the hard-disk drive market. For quite some time, the HDD technology roadmap was shared industry-wide -...

51 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2021

Seagate Signs HAMR Deal with Showa Denko: Secures Second Source for HAMR Platters

Seagate this week signed an agreement with Showa Denko in a bid to secure a second source of platters for its hard drives based on heat assisted magnetic recording...

17 by Anton Shilov on 6/11/2021

Seagate's Roadmap: The Path to 120 TB Hard Drives

Seagate recently published its long-term technology roadmap revealing plans to produce ~50 TB hard drives by 2026 and 120+ TB HDDs after 2030. In the coming years, Seagate is...

67 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2021

Toshiba Unveils World's First FC-MAMR HDD: 18 TB, Helium Filled

Toshiba this week announced the industry's first hard drive featuring flux-control microwave-assisted magnetic recording (FC-MAMR) technology. The new MG09-series HDDs are designed primarily for nearline and enterprise applications, they...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2021

Western Digital Expands Purple Surveillance Storage Options with 18TB HDD and 1TB microSDXC Models

Western Digital has been marketing their surveillance-focused storage solutions under the Purple branding since 2014. After the SanDisk acquisition, the company started selling WD Purple microSDXC cards as a...

15 by Ganesh T S on 9/23/2020

Western Digital Updates Red Pro Line with 16 and 18TB Capacity Points

Western Digital recently unveiled their first energy-assisted magnetic recording (EAMR) HDDs for the retail channel. Today, the company is taking advantage of the same hardware platform with some tweaks...

9 by Ganesh T S on 9/23/2020

Western Digital's 16TB and 18TB Gold Drives: EAMR HDDs Enter the Retail Channel

Western Digital made a number of announcements yesterday related to their enterprise hard-disk drives (HDD) product lines. While there was nothing unexpected in terms of the products being announced...

72 by Ganesh T S on 7/9/2020

Showa Denko Begins Shipments of Platters for MAMR HDDs

Following up on news from earlier this month that they have developed HAMR HDD platters, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has announced that it has started shipments microwave assisted recording...

8 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2020

Silicon Power Unveils Stream S07 External Hard Drives: Up to 8 TB

Silicon Power has revealed a new series of consumer-oriented 3.5-inch external USB hard drives. The Stream S07 HDDs can be used with PCs, Smart TVs, and other devices. The Silicon...

86 by Anton Shilov on 2/7/2020

Western Digital Roadmap Updates: Energy Assisted Recording, Multi-Stage Actuators, Zoned Storage

Between CES at the beginning of the month, a series of presentations at Storage Field Day last week and a quarterly earnings report this week, we've heard from just...

115 by Billy Tallis on 1/31/2020

Western Digital Begins to Sample 18 TB & 20 TB ‘Energy Assisted’ Hard Drives

Western Digital has started partner sampling of its 18 TB and 20 TB energy-assisted magnetic recording (EAMR) drives. The HDDs utilize WD's up and coming EAMR tech to further...

23 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2019

OWC Launches ThunderBay 4 Mini DAS: 4 SATA Bays With SoftRAID, Up to 1.5 GB/s

OWC has introduced a new small form factor high performance, high redundancy DAS for the professional market. The ThunderBay 4 Mini incorporates 4 2.5-inch storage bays, allowing it to...

29 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2019

Western Digital: Expect More Energy-Assisted Tech For 24 TB & Beyond

Western Digital has been promoting its microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology for over a couple of years now, yet surprisingly, its upcoming 18 TB and 20 TB drives...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/12/2019

Toshiba Announces 6 TB HDDs for Surveillance Applications

Toshiba has introduced a new line of energy-efficient hard drives for surveillance applications. The new DT02-V series HDDs will support up to 32 HD streams and offer capacities of...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2019

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