Seagate will soon be launching 20TB PMR HDDs to the Mass Market

20TB HDDs without using HAMR

Seagate will soon be launching 20TB PMR HDDs to the Mass Market

Seagate will soon be launching 20TB PMR HDDs to the Mass Market

Seagate plans to launch a wide range of new 20TB HDDs this year, confirming that they will be releasing 20TB drives with PMR, SMR and HAMR technologies during their latest earnings call. Each of these drive types will be qualified and optimised for specific markets, allowing Seagate to get the right technologies into the hands of the right customers. 

"We expect to begin shipping 20TB PMR drives in the second half of this calendar year," stated Dave Mosley, CEO of Seagate, during the company's latest earnings call (via Seeking Alpha). Seagate is creating 20TB HDDs without utilising their HAMR technology, pushing the limits of traditional HDD manufacturing techniques. 

Seagate plans to utilise its HAMR (Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology to reach higher HDD capacities in the future. Still, it looks like a lot of this year's 20TB consumer drives will be driven by more traditional technologies. 

While Seagate's PMR-based 20TB HDDs may be using PMR technology,  Seagate's new 20TB PMR drives will be using a two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR) technique to enable the creation of larger 20TB drives. For future 22TB and 24TB HDDs, Seagate are undoubtedly moving to HAMR. 
Currently, Seagate's SMR and PMR 20TB drives are more cost-effective than their HAMR-based counterparts, mostly thanks to the fact that the drive heads and media for these older technologies have been in mass production for years. HAMR HDDs are new to the market, and it will take time for the economies of scale to make HAMR HDDs more cost-effective. Beyond that, HAMR will come into its own when it is eventually used to create higher drive capacities that PMR-based HDDs cannot reach. 

Seagate will soon be launching 20TB PMR HDDs to the Mass Market  
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24-07-2021, 14:07:19

They should call it the Steam Library driveQuote

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