Western Digital talks about the road to 30TB hard drives

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At the annual Wells Fargo TMT Summit this week, one of the subjects Western Digital CEO David Goeckeler spoke about was the company's approach to technologies like OptiNAND, SRM, and HAMR. Goeckeler considers all three crucial to increasing density and getting to ever-larger hard drives.

Last year, Seagate shipped out its 20TB hard drives, which use HAMR to select data center customers. Last month, WD released its own 20TB drives to general consumers (currently sold out) with OptiNAND technology, which uses flash memory to store metadata.

"We're heavily invested in HAMR," he said. "HAMR is going to be real, it's going to be in the future," Goeckeler said.

HAMR will increase the longevity of hard drives but will also require a lot of software work and won't be commercialized for several years.
 

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