HDDs

Western Digital this week announced that it has made a strategic decision to leave the market for dedicated storage systems, as further development of its IntelliFlash and ActiveScale businesses would require additional investments and management focus. The company will sell off its IntelliFlash business to DDN (a specialist in storage systems, AI, and big data) and will explore various strategic options for ActiveScale. The storage systems market is rather lucrative, but extremely competitive. Over the years, both Western Digital (as well as its HGST division) and SanDisk acquired numerous companies that specialized on hardware and software for datacenter storage, as well as on all-flash storage arrays in order to build highly-competitive storage systems (more details in our coverage of the Western Digital - SanDisk acquisition)...

Western Digital Reveals 18 TB DC HC550 'EAMR' Hard Drive

Marking an important step in the development of next-generation hard drive technology, Western Digital has formally announced the company’s first hard drives based on energy-assisted magnetic recording. Starting things...

48 by Anton Shilov on 9/18/2019

Western Digital 20 TB HDD: Crazy Capacity for Cold Storage

As operators of cloud datacenters need more storage capacity, higher capacity HDDs are being developed. As data hoarders need more capacity, higher capacity HDDs are needed. Last week Western...

49 by Anton Shilov on 9/11/2019

Best Consumer Hard Drives: Q3 2019

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...

75 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2019

Western Digital’s Ultrastar DC HC330: A 10 TB HDD for Enterprises w/ 40% Faster Writes

Western Digital has introduced its new top-of-the-range air-filled hard drive for enterprises that use storage servers, RAID arrays, and distributed storage. The Ultrastar DC HC330 HDD expands the capacities...

9 by Anton Shilov on 7/23/2019

ADATA Demonstrates HD830 Ultra-Rugged HDDs

There are many reasons why external storage devices are gaining traction these days, so storage vendors have been aiming to expand their product lineups and offer storage solutions that...

12 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2019

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB & Backup Plus Slim 2TB Review: SMR for the Consumer Market

Hard drives continue to remain the storage media of choice for cost-conscious consumers with bulk storage requirements. HDD vendors have typically used their 2.5" drives for bus-powered high-capacity models...

63 by Ganesh T S on 6/18/2019

Seagate Announces Helium-based 16 TB Exos and IronWolf Hard Drives

Seagate is launching their 16 TB CMR (conventional magnetic recording) helium drives today under two product lines - the Exos X for datacenter usage, and the IronWolf / IronWolf...

37 by Ganesh T S on 6/4/2019

Seagate Ships 16 TB CMR Hard Drives, Preps 18 TB SMR HDDs

Continuing the march of progress in the HDD industry, Seagate has revealed that they have started shipping their 16 TB PMR hard drives. In a quarterly earnings call last...

27 by Anton Shilov on 5/6/2019

Shipments of PC Hard Drives Predicted to Drop By Nearly 50% in 2019

According to a new financial presentation from Nidec, a Japanese motor manufacturer who is responsible for around 85% of all HDD spindle motors, the company believes that shipments of...

77 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2019

Western Digital: Over Half of Data Center HDDs Will Use SMR by 2023

Western Digital said at OCP Global Summit last week that over half of hard drives for data centers will use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology in 2023. At present...

33 by Anton Shilov on 3/19/2019

Toshiba's HDD Tech Roadmap: A Mix of SMR, MAMR, TDMR, and HAMR

In an interview published this week with Blocks & Files, Toshiba outlined the company will be relying on a mix of hard drive technologies in order to keep increasing...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2019

Western Digital to Demo Dual-Actuator HDDs Next Week: Double the Actuators for Double the Perf

Western Digital has revealed this week that it will demonstrate its first dual-actuator hard drives at next week's OCP summit. Marking the company's first foray into multi-actuator drives, WD...

24 by Anton Shilov on 3/8/2019

18 TB HDDs: Toshiba Collaborates with Showa Denko for MAMR HDDs

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announced on Thursday that it had completed the development of its microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) platters for next-gen hard drives. The company is set...

7 by Anton Shilov on 2/22/2019

HOYA Starts to Build Next-Gen HDD Glass Substrate Production Facility

HOYA Corp., an optical glass maker from Japan, announced this week that it had started construction of its new production facility for hard drive platter glass substrates. These substrates...

10 by Anton Shilov on 2/14/2019

State of the Union: Seagate's HAMR Hard Drives, Dual-Actuator Mach2, and 24 TB HDDs on Track

Seagate this week reiterated that the company is on track to launch two crucially important technologies later this calendar year. Firstly, the company plans to start ramping up its...

56 by Anton Shilov on 2/7/2019

CES 2019: The Quintessential ADATA HC770 External HDD, with RGB

There is a wide choice of RGB-lit components and accessories to suit all tastes. There is also plethora or RGB-lit keyboards, mice, and even displays. Even despite (in spite?...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/23/2019

Toshiba at CES 2019: World’s First 16 TB TDMR HDD Debuts

Toshiba has announced the industry’s first hard drive featuring a 16 TB capacity. The MG08-series HDDs are designed for nearline applications and use two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR) technology, therefore...

8 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2019

16 TB MAMR Hard Drives in 2019: Western Digital

Western Digital revealed recently that it has begun to sample its next-generation hard drives based on microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology. The sampling is a prelude to mass...

25 by Anton Shilov on 1/4/2019

OWC Launches Drive Dock with USB Type-C: Two SATA Drives, Up to 981 MB/s

OWC has released its new Drive Dock external storage solution that can accommodate two hot-plug-capable HDDs or SSDs. What makes this latest drive dock particularly notable is that it...

15 by Anton Shilov on 12/10/2018

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