Next-Gen HAMR Platters Promise 80TB Hard Drives

As the world’s demand for storage continues to grow, so does the need to find the next storage density breakthrough. It looks like one just happened, though, and it paves the way to 80TB hard drives.

As AnandTech reports, Japanese company Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) is the world’s largest manufacturer of hard drive platters, which are the disks stacked inside each drive to store the data. This week SDK announced it had improved upon Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology to allow for next-generation hard drives.

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  • That_Bloke

    April 11, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I’d have expected that all developement on mechanical drives had ended & it was solid state all the way now.

  • dogwomble

    April 12, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    The world is moving to solid state for a lot of uses – particularly for system and application drives. Where a traditional HDD still has it’s place is cost per gigabyte where they still have a massive advantage, which still makes them useful for situations where storage of large amounts of information is more important than performance. I haven’t checked pricing for a while, but at one point you could get a 1-2tb HDD for the price of a 250-500gb SSD. I have 2 solid state drives in this machine (one system/app, one for when I do media editing), but I have held onto one 3tb traditional HDD which I continue to use as a data drive where the extra 0.0001 second it would take to open that word document doesn’t really matter. I also have an external traditional hard drive that I use for backup, again because that can run in the background, the extra few minutes to do the backup is neither here nor there.

  • That_Bloke

    April 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve HDDs just used for storage still fail, finding another identical one to transplant the platters into to recover the data has so far proved impossible.

  • dogwomble

    April 15, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    While SSD’s I would consider to generally be more reliable, they’re also not immune from failure. There’s also enough other risks to your data that there’s really no excuse not to have some sort of regular backup :)

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