News Seagate Reveals HAMR HDD Roadmap: 32TB First, 40TB Follows


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I am all about higher capacity HDDs. I love my SSDs for games and what not but for my larger data sets like movies/TV shows and my very large catalog of emulated games (most games for most consoles through Wii)...I take all the space I can get.

Same. In addition to being a PC geek I'm also a home theater geek. OLED displays on both.. Atmos sound... etc..
I have a pretty massive movie library on disc... over 1000 titles. My preferred method of watching is disc over streaming... because disc viewing is the best quality. Still... streaming on demand is super convenient.

TravisPNW Movie library

All of them I have digital copies on the PC... be it one included with the movie and downloaded via iTunes or one that I ripped myself with MakeMKV and then encoded with Handbrake.

Total for the entire collection is currently 5.5TB... with the main backup being a 12TB Seagate internal HDD. I also have 2x 8TB Samsung 870 SATA SSDs with the entire collection on both. One of the drives is used for streaming throughout the multiple TVs in the home and the other is a secondary backup to the HDD backup.

I just got rid of a 10TB external... it was 5400rpm and with the addition of the new 870 drives I didn't see a need for it any longer.

16TB NVMe drives for gaming... etc... 16TB SATA for the movie collection as well as other media such as drone footage... photos... etc... and the 12TB HDD.

I really wanted to go all SSD and dump the HDD but decided against it for now.
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Apr 1, 2020
The only downside I see is that I don't think HAMR technology will be economical to scale down under 20tb for some time due to both the different platters and increased complexity. Even at 20tb a current CMR drive is around $350 and a 16TB is around $200. Even with fewer platters I find it difficult to believe they can deliver HAMR drives under those prices for some time to come.

That being said even at the datacenter level, even though these drives have been sampling for a while with them, how long will it be before they're as trusted in longevity and reliability as traditional drives in quantities that will replace them?