We all know very well that hard drives have been offering us decades of quiet and efficient service. While SSDs are more easily scalable, hard drives are more limited in capacity because of the way they work, hence, WD just launched the world’s biggest hard drive that can store 14TB.

Meet The World’s Biggest Hard Drive And It Can Store 14TB

While SSDs are more easily scalable, hard drives are more limited in capacity because of the way they work because they are skirting the limits of their technology. Despite this, companies are still working to offer greater capacity in the HDD, and that ends today with the new model of 14 TB of Western Digital.

Western Digital launches the first 14 TB hard drive

Following its official announcement along with the launch of the 12TB drive last December, Western Digital today announced the launch of the 14TB drive called HGST Ultrastar Hs14.

This hard drive uses HelioSeal technology, which replaces the air inside the hard disk with helium, which is 7 times less dense than air. The lower density gives you more reliability and speed. When sealed, they have also protected from environmental wear and the introduction of carbon that damages hard drives.

To increase capacity, Western Digital makes use of second-generation SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology. With this, you can achieve a greater energy efficiency, key in the servers where these type of units are deployed. At rest, it has a consumption of 5.2 watts and 6.4 watts in use. This results in a 60% reduction in the wattage per GB ratio compared to an 8TB air unit.

In the business sector reliability is key, so these units withstand an average of 2.5 million hours without failure (MTBF). That equals 285 years in a row. As a result, helium hard disks continue to grow in business and servers, and currently, represent just over 70% of the units shipped by WD to its buyers.

Next year will come the hard disks of 16 and 18 TB

The hard disk is offered in SATA (6 Gbps) and SAS (12 Gbps) format. It has a buffer of 512 MB, and a maximum transfer speed of 233 MB/s. The warranty is for 5 years. The company has not disclosed the price tag. The 10 TB version is worth about $705, so this could easily climb to $820.

The industry is having a hard time reaching storage capacities greater than 10, 12 and 14 TB. The limit with the current technology with helium is around 16 TB. However, Seagate says that in 2019 they will be launching an 18-TB hard drive. At the moment, the maximum capacity of the market is found in the 14 TB with the unit that has been launched today by the Western Digital.

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