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Seagate Prepares Hard Drive 18TB and 20TB in 2020

Seagate Prepares Hard Drive 18TB and 20TB in 2020

Increasing Capacity, Seagate Ready to Launch 18 and 20 TeraBytes Hard Drives in 2020

Increasing Capacity, Seagate Ready to Launch 18 and 20 TeraBytes Hard Drives in 2020

Infortekno.com – Seagate is set to increase the amount of storage it offers on hard drives next year with two higher capacity drives.

As AnandTech reports, Seagate has confirmed its plans to ship 18TB hard drives in the first half of 2020 followed by 20TB drives in the second half of this year.

The 18TB Seagate drive will use the same nine-plate design as seen on the Exos 16TB drive and use conventional magnetic recording (CMR).

Seagate is set to move from CMR to SMR for 20TB drives, which stands for shingled magnetic recording. SMR increases the storage density of drives that overlap some of the magnetic tracks where data is stored.

This makes the previous track narrower, but allows more data to enter the same plate. To date, Seagate’s largest hard disk is 16TB and is aimed directly at the corporate and NAS markets.

However, some companies accept the assisted version of the 16TB magnetic recording (HAMR) drive, which helps Seagate perfect the manufacturing process before the 20TB drive comes. HAMR works by temporarily heating the disk material and allowing smaller data to be written.

Seagate CEO Dave Mosley, believes HAMR will ensure the Seagate hard drive company will continue to grow in large storage sizes in the coming year.

“We are also driving the area density leadership with our revolutionary HAMR technology, which allows Seagate to achieve at least 20% of the CAGR area density (combined annual growth rate) over the next decade.”

Buying an 18TB or 20TB hard drive next year certainly won’t be cheap if current prices go up. The 16TB Exos Seagate hard drive can be taken for around $ 420, while the IronWolf NAS version is closer to $ 475. (*)

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