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Seagate's new hard drives suggest it's on track to deliver 50TB hard drives by 2026

Seagate’s new hard drives suggest it’s on track to deliver 50TB hard drives by 2026

Seagate’s new hard drives suggest it’s on track to deliver 50TB hard drives by 2026

Seagate continues to push the limits of hard drives and has just released the SkyHawk AI HDD, now available in capacities up to 20TB. It’s a drive aimed at network video recorders that supports some AI tech, not really aimed at people like you and me, but it’s still a good sign that Seagate is on track to deliver on its 50TB promise of hard drives by 2026.

Seagate introduced the Mach.2 Exos 2X14 back in May of last year, which weighed in at an impressive 14TB, and since then it has continued to release newer, denser drives. It is now available in 20TB versions of the IronWolf Pro (NAS) and Exos X20 (Enterprise), with the newly released SkyHawk AI being the latest model to get 20TB processing.

Exos is a bit special in that it uses a SAS 12GB/s interface to achieve an impressive 524MB/s sustained transfer rate — something you won’t find in a normal gaming PC. However, Seagate has released a number of drives, like this one, that use the more consumer-friendly SATA 6GB/s interface. It’s not as fast as the Exos mind, peaking at a sustained transfer rate of 260MB/s.

The fantastic SkyHawk AI isn’t a drive you really want to cram into your gaming rig’s head because you’re paying dearly for technology you won’t be using. Having said that, $530 isn’t as outlandish as I expected, and if anything represents a pretty decent $0.03/GB, shame on even the cheapest SSD.

The point of all this, though, is Seagate’s original promise last year that it said we’d have 50TB hard drives by 2026. Not only that, but the sustained throughput of the hard drive is comparable to that of a SATA SSD.

To achieve this, it represents the need to transition from perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) or conventional magnetic recording (CMR) to heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). The fact that you hit 20TB with CMR here is a good sign that the hard drive still has some surprises.

Of course, SSDs are also pushing things forward, with speeds and capacities increasing all the time. The upcoming DirectStorage brings good things to fast SSDs with 1 second load times, but there’s always room in our hearts and in our machines for a very chunky hard drive.

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Bart Thompson
Bart is esports.com.tn's List Writer . He is from Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, majoring in non-fiction writing. He likes to play The Elder Scrolls Online and learn everything about The Elder Scrolls series.