Speaking to analysts at the Citigroup global technology conference last week, Seagate senior vice president of finance Dave Morton confirmed that his company will roll out HDDs with a capacity of 10TB sometime later this year.
“As we continue to refresh all our product lines this year – we had some great new announcements last week, one of which is [2TB 2.5”/7mm drive with two platters] – with 8TB and 10TB nearline drives, we feel we are best-positioned to capture all of those [business] opportunities coming at us,” said Dave Morton, senior vice president of finance at Seagate, at Citigroup’s global technology conference.
Last year Seagate already unveiled plans to release 10TB 3.5” HDDs for nearline applications. The drives are expected to be powered by six 1.66TB platters with 1.1Tbpsi [Terra-bit per square inch] areal density and will likely belong to the Seagate Archive family of hard disk drives. Since hard drives based on SMR platters write data slower than HDDs featuring perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, their usage models should take this into account.
Western Digital's HGST division already offers 10TB HDDs but those are helium-filled models and are available to select customers only.