Toshiba plans to launch 26, 30 and 40TB drives

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Solid-state drives (SSDs) have become one of the most widely used storage options these days, but there is still room for traditional drives (HDDs). Proof of this are the plans of Toshiba, which plans to launch new hard drives with capacities between 20 and 40 TB.

The Japanese manufacturer as revealed by its roadmap for the next five years, plans to progressively increase the capacity of its hard drives. This will be achieved with the increase in decks per unit, using current recording technologies, and with the implementation of new generation technologies.

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Toshiba on the way to 40TB

Toshiba’s plans, pictured above, reveal that it will release 20TB hard drives by the end of fiscal year 2021, that is, before March 2022. This product will allow the brand’s maximum capacity, which is currently 18 TB, to be taken to the next level. It will also allow you to catch up with competitors like Western Digital and Seagate.

This move will not require great efforts on the part of the company. Toshiba will use FC-MAMR (flow-controlled microwave-assisted magnetic recording) technology that is already being used in other Toshiba products. To increase the storage capacity, you will raise the platters of your new HDDs from 9 to 10.

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An interesting step will come at the end of fiscal year 2022, that is, during the first quarter of 2023. The company plans 26 TB HDDs. With this product, MAS-MAMR (Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording and Microwave Assisted Switching) technology will debut, which will open the door to higher storage capacities.

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30TB HDDs will arrive in 2025. These will use MAS-MAMR technology and will have 11 plates to reach that capacity. By those dates, Toshiba will have begun a restructuring of its production processes to adopt the new HARM (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology in some of its products.

In 2026 the first 35 TB hard drives will arrive. Finally, according to Toshiba’s roadmap, 2027 will be the starting point for drives larger than 40TB. Certainly these latest products are nowhere near arriving and before that happens they will have to pass numerous tests of accuracy and reliability.

It should also be noted that the aforementioned Toshiba high-capacity solutions will be aimed at the business sector, so they will not be cheap. Their target is data centers, but a silver lining to this is that these storage capacities should sooner or later come down in price and reach consumers.

Pictures | unsplash | Toshiba

Via | BusinessWire

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have become one of the most widely used storage options these days, but there is still room…

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have become one of the most widely used storage options these days, but there is still room…

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