In an interview with Japanese tech site Akiba, the HDD maker's Japanese head confirmed that disks with a capacity of 10TB should hit the market in 2015. These HDDs will feature six platters with a capacity of 1.67TB per platter, which is achieved with shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology.
Performance issues are one of the downsides of the SMR technology but Seagate aims to solve this problem by increasing the cache size. The first 10TB models will be aimed at the archival market and will not be intended as boot drives.
The company also hopes to use heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology going into the future, after it uses SMR for its 10TB HDD. The storage giant revealed the massive news with Akiba PC Hotline during its latest interview, stating that it's possible to hide some of SMR's drawbacks by installing large DRAM caches on the HDD. Unfortunately, the upcoming 10TB HDD is not going to break speed records, with the SMR technology - and other factors - holding it back.