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Seagate's financial reports have been indicating imminent mass production of HAMR HDDs for a few years now, and it looks like the wait for these drives to appear in retail is finally at an end. The Seagate Exos product family is getting a 30TB capacity point, thanks to the use of heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology. The company talked to the press last week about the Mozaic 3+ platform – their first high-volume HAMR platform – and how it sets the stage for rapid areal density scaling over the next few years. Seagate's new Exos 30TB HDDs use platters with an areal density of 3TB per platter, and Seagate has plans to scale that up at a rate of up to 20% generation-over-generation in the...

Seagate IronWolf Pro 22TB HDD Capsule Review

Seagate's IronWolf Pro lineup of hard drives for network-attached storage units has consistently offered good value for money, particularly at the highest capacity points. I purchased two 22TB IronWolf...

15 by Ganesh T S on 1/2/2024

Western Digital Releases 24TB Ultrastar & Gold Hard Drives, 28TB SMR Drives Ramping

Western Digital is announcing today that it has begun volume shipments of its 24 TB hard drives based on conventional magnetic recording (CMR) to its full customer base. In...

22 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2023

Seagate's HAMR Update: 32 TB in Early 2024, 40+ TB Two Years Later

Hidden deep in Seagate's financial report released late last month was a brief roadmap update for the company's heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology. As noted in the latest update...

11 by Anton Shilov on 11/8/2023

Seagate Unveils Exos X24 24TB and 28 TB: Setting the Stage for HAMR HDDs

Seagate on Wednesday introduced its Exos X24 family of hard drives, it's highest capacity series of drives to date. The new family is comprised of both conventional magnetic recording...

16 by Anton Shilov on 10/19/2023

Western Digital Preps 28 TB UltraSMR Hard Drive

Western Digital is gearing up to start sampling of its 28 TB nearline hard drive for hyperscalers. The new HDD will use the company's energy-assisted perpendicular magnetic recording (ePMR...

19 by Anton Shilov on 8/1/2023

Seagate Ships First Commercial HAMR Hard Drives

Seagate announced this week that it had begun the first commercial revenue shipments of its next-generation HAMR hard drives, which are being shipped out as part of Seagate's latest...

3 by Anton Shilov on 7/28/2023

Western Digital Estimates HAMR HDDs to Emerge in 1.5 Years

Western Digital is somewhat behind its rival Seagate in adopting heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), which promises radical improvements to areal density and HDD capacities. Still, the company expects hard...

16 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2023

Big Leap for Hard Drive Capacities: 32 TB HAMR Drives Due Soon, 40TB on Horizon

Offering a brief update on the future of hard drives, Seagate has shared some fresh insights concerning launch of its next generation hard drives featuring its heat-assisted magnetic recording...

28 by Anton Shilov on 6/8/2023

Seagate Unveils IronWolf Pro 22TB HDD at 2023 NAB Show

Coinciding with the 2023 NAB Show starting this weekend, Seagate has come out with a couple of announcements today. The new hardware introduction is the updated flagship capacity option...

6 by Ganesh T S on 4/13/2023

Dropbox Shares Preparations for HAMR Hard Drives, Focusing On Reducing Drive Vibrations

Dropbox was among the first large cloud service providers (CSPs) providers to deploy hard drives that use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) to increase storage density of its datacenters. As...

4 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2023

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 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 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 Unveils FireCuda-Branded External HDD Solutions

Seagate has been marketing their gaming-focused storage products under the FireCuda brand over the last few years. With a focus on performance, these products have typically been flash-based and/or...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/21/2021

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...

70 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2021

Seagate Unveils CORTX Object Storage Software with Lyve Drive Rack Hardware Reference Design

Seagate has unveiled CORTX, an open-source S3-compatible object storage software, today at their Datasphere virtual event. The source for this software-defined-storage (SDS) platform is hosted on Github. Seagate has...

6 by Ganesh T S on 9/24/2020

Seagate Unveils Exos X18 18TB Enterprise Hard Drive

Seagate recently introduced their 18TB flagship IronWolf Pro hard drive for SMB/SME NAS units. Today, the company is unveiling the Exos enterprise version of the same drive. The Exos...

41 by Ganesh T S on 9/17/2020

Toshiba Updates Canvio Portable Storage Lineup with Flex and Gaming HDDs

Hard disk drives still rule the roost when dealing with bus-powered portable storage devices that are economical on a $/Gb basis, particularly at higher capacity points. Seagate and Western...

12 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2020

Western Digital Announces Red Plus HDDs, Cleans Up Red SMR Mess with Plus Branding

Western Digital originally launched their Red lineup of hard disk drives for network-attached storage devices back in 2012. The product stack later expanded to service professional NAS units with...

43 by Ganesh T S on 6/24/2020

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