It was barely over a month ago when Jarred shoveled dirt on the mechanical drive, saying HDDs were dead to him because “even large SSDs are now affordable.” He’s not wrong. At the same time, Seagate says hold the boat—it’s planning to launch more capacious HDDs in the near future, and if things go to plan, will have a 50TB HDD by 2026.
“Today, Seagate is the only company mass producing 16-terabyte drives, which are the capacity benchmark for the industry. We are preparing to ship 18-terabyte drives in the first half of calendar year 2020 to maintain our industry capacity leadership,” Seagate CEO Dr. Dave Mosley said during an earnings call, a transcript of which is available at Seeking Alpha.
In addition to launching an 18TB HDD in early 2020, Seagate plans on introducing a 20TB sometime later in the year.