Wednesday, November 1st 2017

Western Digital Now Ships up to 14 TB UltraStar HS14 HDDs

As computing systems advance and performance is increased, there is also increased need for sufficient storage space to store the results of data processing. Emerging trends and developments in storage technology have seen the promise of new, magnetic-based technologies such as Western Digital's own MAMR technology, which is expected to bring up to 40 TB HDDs in the near future. Until those days are with us, however, improvements on current platter-based technologies are consistent and dependable, with increasing storage space capacities and densities having been delivered by companies in the last few years.

Western Digital has now begun shipping up to 14 TB HDDs, on their UltraStar HS14 family of Enterprise drives, which bring storage areal density up to a staggering 1034 Gb/in². This level of areal storage density was achieved with recourse to SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology, though, which means performance in rewriting already written-to sectors will be somewhat decreased when compared to other HDDs that don't employ this particular technology. These helium-filled HDDs have a 7200 RPM spindle speed and a 512 MB cache to aid offsetting this performance penalty, though. The UltraStar HS14 HDDs also offer numerous technologies to increase reliability and durability of the drive, which, with its Enterprise classification, promise to deliver 2.5 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) accompanied by a five-year warranty. Available interfaces are SATA 6 Gb/s and SAS 12 Gb/s, with the drives being able to sustain transfer rates in the order of 233 MB/s.

Source: AnandTech
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6 Comments on Western Digital Now Ships up to 14 TB UltraStar HS14 HDDs

#1
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
aww yis
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#3
R-T-B
timta2 said:
SMR sucks.
Depends on application. It's certainly not a "pro" though.
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#4
jigar2speed
Deathstar incoming!!! I know bad joke, i'll show myself out.
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StrayKAT
remixedcat said:
so they gave up on colors?
No, this is just the HGST subsidiary. If it shows up with the WD brand, I suppose it'd be a Gold.
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