HDDs

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enough to match HDDs in that market segment. Since the release of the last HDD guide, the availability of Western Digital's OptiNAND-equipped 22TB drives has improved, and Toshiba's new Pro lines for their X300 and N300 lineups have started coming down in...

Seagate Revives Maxtor Brand for External Storage

UPDATE 12/1 9AM: Seagate confirmed Thursday that it decided to revive the Maxtor brand in a bid to sell value products. In the coming months the company plans to...

36 by Anton Shilov on 12/1/2016

Promise Launches Pegasus3 External Storage via TB3: Up to 48 TB, 1.6 GBps

Promise has introduced three new storage systems using the Thunderbolt 3 interface and aiming users of the recently introduced Apple MacBook Pro notebooks. The new Pegasus3 Symply Editions can...

7 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2016

Seagate Introduces Backup Plus Portable 5 TB: The Largest Portable HDD to Date

Seagate this week formally introduced its Backup Plus Plus Portable Drive external HDD with a 5 TB capacity that is based on the recently launched top-of-the-range BarraCuda 2.5” drive...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2016

LaCie Launches 6big and 12big: Up to 60/120 TB External Storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie this week has introduced two new workstation-grade external storage solutions using Thunderbolt 3 with the focus on big on-the-desk data storage. The 6big and 12big devices pack in...

41 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2016

Seagate Introduces New Generation of Enterprise Performance 15K HDDs with NAND Caching

Seagate on Tuesday announced its new generation of hard drives with 15K spindle speed and up to 900 GB capacity. The new HDDs use NAND caching to boost response...

11 by Anton Shilov on 10/26/2016

Seagate Launches FireCuda SSHDs: Up to 2 TB, SMR, 8 GB of NAND

Seagate has officially introduced its fifth-generation solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) under the FireCuda brand name. They have a thinner form-factor compared to previous-gen solutions. The drives use Seagate’s 1...

47 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Seagate Introduces BarraCuda 2.5” HDDs with Up to 5 TB Capacity

Seagate has formally introduced a new family of hard drives in the 2.5” form-factor. It is designed for laptops as well as external storage solutions. The new BarraCuda HDDs...

30 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled WD Gold 10 TB HDD to Lineup

Western Digital has this week introduced its new 10TB datacenter-class helium-filled WD Gold hard drive. This drive, according to WD, boasts higher performance compared to its predecessor combined with...

34 by Anton Shilov on 8/4/2016

G-Technology Introduces G-Drive and G-RAID External HDDs up to 20 TB

G-Technology this week introduced several new models of its G-Drive and G-RAID products with Thunderbolt 1, USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 soltions. These are direct attached storage (DAS) devices...

16 by Anton Shilov on 7/22/2016

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB Helium HDD Capsule Review

Seagate has introduced a trio of 10TB hard drive models today, as part of the launch of their new Guardian series. There are three main parts to the series...

69 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2016

Seagate's New 'Guardian Series' Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs to Consumers

Our recent interview with Seagate's CTO, Mark Re, gave us an idea about of the future of the hard drive market. As late as Q1 2016, Seagate had considered...

18 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2016

Seagate to Lay Off Over 8,000 to Lower Costs

It is not a secret that total available market of hard drives significantly shrank in the recent years due to the slowing sales of PCs and popularization of SSDs...

41 by Anton Shilov on 7/14/2016

The Evolution of HDDs in the Near Future: Speaking with Seagate CTO, Mark Re

In the recent months, Seagate has made several significant announcements regarding the future of HDD technology and unveiled a number of important products. In particular, late last year the...

91 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2016

Western Digital Expands My Passport External USB 3.0 Drives To 4 TB

Western Digital last week introduced several new members to its My Passport family of external hard drives. The new portable external HDDs can store up to 4 TB of...

18 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2016

Western Digital’s Acquisition of SanDisk Officially Closes

Western Digital announced on Tuesday that the Chinese authorities have approved its acquisition of SanDisk. The regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in connection with the planned...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

Market Views: HDD Shipments Down 20% in Q1 2016, Hit Multi-Year Low

Leading industry watchers like IDC and Gartner early this year predicted that the first quarter of 2016 would not be good for the PC industry and various companies agreed...

116 by Anton Shilov on 5/12/2016

Seagate Begins Volume Shipments of Helium-Filled HDDs, Reveals Their Final Specs

Seagate has started volume shipments of its first helium-filled hard drives. They were announced earlier this year. The new HDDs are available to all interested parties, which means that...

65 by Anton Shilov on 4/28/2016

Western Digital Introduces WD Gold HDDs for Datacenters

Western Digital has announced a new family of hard drives specifically for data centers. The new WD Gold HDDs will feature multiple technologies that the company uses to build...

30 by Anton Shilov on 4/19/2016

Market Views: Hard Drive Shipments Drop by Nearly 17% in 2015

Today we're launching a new feature on the AnandTech Pipeline: Quarterly HDD shipments reports. Here we'll examine HDD sales and analyze what's behind them. Since some numbers are estimates...

37 by Anton Shilov on 3/2/2016

Western Digital Introduces Its First Helium-Filled HDDs for Consumer Applications

Helium-filled hard drives have a number of mechanical advantages compared to traditional HDDs, but they are also more expensive to manufacture. Western Digital subsidiary HGST introduced the world’s first...

34 by Anton Shilov on 3/1/2016

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