Computex 2018 | Seagate Exos 14 TB HDD coming soon to consumer markets
Hard disk drives still represent a major part of Seagate’s business, even though SSD and NVMe devices are getting cheaper and their storage capacities are catching up. HDDs might become obsolete in a few years, when SSD devices manage to excel at transfer speeds and storage capacities, but until then HDDs will still remain the mass storage device of choice and Seagate is willing to capitalize on this as much as possible. It is not too often that Seagate gets to showcase new HDD models at Computex, but the company just revealed a flagship enterprise 14 TB model that is said to get a consumer version by the end of 2018.
Specs for the new Exos 14 TB HDD include 8 PMR platters with TDMR technology. The HDD is helium-filled and integrates the latest perpendicular magnetic recording tech. MTBF and transfer speeds were not mentioned, but it is safe to say that these should be similar to current 12 TB models.
Seagate stated that the new Exos 14 TB HDD is currently sampling and it will be shipped to large-scale data centers in the second half of 2018. The IronWolf and Barracuda 14 TB models for NAS and consumer markets are expected to arrive later this year, and Seagate is currently modifying the firmware and making small hardware adjustments to the enterprise version.