Seagate going for 18TB HDDS next year

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Seagate will be expanding their HDD line with an 18 Terabyte model, and would be doing so next year. To reach this incredible storage volume they would make a move towards SMR, TDMR and HAMR technol...

    Seagate going for 18TB HDDS next year
     
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    thatguy91 Ancient Guru

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    Hard drive prices and tech haven't changed much in the last couple of years or so, hopefully this will bring prices down and capacity up.
     
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    All of that data on a single HDD makes me nervous about failure.
    It's great that technology is finally moving forward (again) because I'm tired of waiting for prices to come down. My 2Tb WD Green is old as **** and I need to back up the data.
     
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    That why it a good idea to buy two drives backup the first drive on to 2nd drive
     

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    GhostXL Ancient Guru

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    You should be alright with the capacity part. They really worked out the issues of holding high capacities. I think more it's current system compatibility and if the drive is just faulty to begin with.

    Been running a Toshiba 5TB 7200 RPM, 128MB Cache for a good while now. Flawless drive. So I think it's going to be a luck of the draw like most HDD's these days. You get a good one..or you don't despite the capacity.

    I've read about people getting faulty drives, the same as my 5TB. So you know, you see that everywhere. Good ones bad ones. I see more good than bad thankfully.

    Long story short, you don't need to worry about the capacity being the problem maker.

    This is true. He gets a new one, he can even keep his trusty 2TB to backup the backups.
     
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    I still remember buying a '40GB' deathstar HD and seeing only 37GB available, I imagine it'd be pretty harsh with an 18TB drive o_O Amazes me how much they keep cramming into these drives via magneto-mechanical means, in rust we trust for bulk storage.

    Can't see myself buying one though, cost aside, infact I first bought a 1TB drive back in 2008 IIRC, and 9 years later I'm still using 1 or 2TB drives for things not needed on the ssd :/
     
  7. PrMinisterGR

    PrMinisterGR Ancient Guru

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    Well, it should be something like 17.57TB in real TB (meaning divided by 1024 and not 1000 as they usually advertise). Then you subtract 12.5% from that for the NTFS Master File Table. So that should show something like 15.38TB on "My Computer".
     
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    Neo Cyrus Ancient Guru

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    18,000,000,000,000 / 1024 ^ 4 = ~16.37

    The reduced size has nothing to do with the file table, you actually get that much less.

    18 "terabytes" in SI units is 16.37 real/binary terabytes. And I refuse to call it a tebibyte or whatever the **** unit was agreed upon to represent binary. Screw that, that means the companies win, no, not happening.

    Edit: Check for yourselves with any drive, check how many bytes it has and divide by 1024 ^ 3 for gigabytes or 1024 ^ 4 for terabytes.

    For example, my "4TB" Seagate drive has a (relative) bit over 4 trillion bytes: 4,000,785,100,800 / 1024 ^ 4 = just under 3.64 TB, which is what Windows displays.
     
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