Western Digital starts shipping the world's first 14TB hard drive

By midian182 ยท 21 replies
Oct 5, 2017
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  1. Many component manufacturers compete to see who can release the fastest/smallest/largest technologies first, and the hard drive industry is no different. In January, Seagate announced it is bringing 14TB and 16TB HDDs to market within the next 18 months, but Western Digital has beaten its rival to the punch by launching the world’s first 14TB hard drive.

    Like other drives that feature massive capacities, the HGST Ultrastar Hs14 is filled with helium instead of regular air, which means less drag on the platters. It features 4th generation HelioSeal technology and uses 2nd-generation host-managed SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) on eight platters to hit that huge capacity.

    HGST says the drive consumes just 5.2W at idle and 6.2W during operation. That works out at 60 percent lower idle watts per TB than an 8TB air-filled drive. It’s available in SATA (6Gbps) and SAS (12Gbps) models, and has a claimed 2.5 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures).

    "Over 70 percent of the exabytes Western Digital ships into the capacity enterprise segment are on helium-based high-capacity drives and continue to support customers with outstanding reliability, performance and value Quality of Service (QoS)," said Mark Grace, Western Digital’s senior vice president of devices. "The TCO and reliability benefits of our HelioSeal platform are the foundation of our leadership in high-capacity enterprise storage."

    While it’s true that PC game installs are getting bigger, these drives are aimed at enterprise customers such as cloud and hyperscale data centers, rather than regular consumers. No word yet on price, but expect it to be expensive.

    The Hs14 is currently shipping to select OEMs and comes with a five-year limited warranty.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,032   +1,458

    I like how you said "most" and not all :D
    Pinkie Pie and madboyv1 like this.
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,950   +1,116

    I am done with spinners but that's one damn big drive.
    DaveBG and MoeJoe like this.
  4. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 152   +46

    Still with non SSD drives? what year is this? 2002?
  5. Kris95

    Kris95 TS Member

    Are there some 14TB SSDs out there I don't know about? Traditional hard drives have vastly more capacity and are much more affordable. Storage space will always win out over speed for certain uses. Use an SSD for your boot drive and OS. I'm not going to back up 8TB of data on an SSD though, that would be stupid.
    liammac002, seeprime, Reehahs and 5 others like this.
  6. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 152   +46

    who needs 14 gb?? gimme a break... that is "needed' by perhaps .1% of the computing population.

    1 gb SSD and youre good to go, believe me. If you need more get an external portable drive.
  7. Kris95

    Kris95 TS Member

    "640k ought to be enough for anybody". Right? A lot of people need large drives and the need is only increasing. To claim no one needs this much space is both short sighted and totally wrong. I have a 6 TB hard drive already filled with backups and raw video for my work. I could certainly use more.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017
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  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,534   +1,065

    I'm here with you. The pricing is not even close to getting massive amounts of storage on SSD, even getting a single TB of SSD is too expensive yet to do the switch.
    Kris95 and gamoniac like this.
  9. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +440

    Fixed it for you. Pretty sure you meant to type 1 TB.
    seeprime, gamoniac and UmbraEmsisoft like this.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    I can think of a few that will benefit from such a large drive, especially those that are seriously into Video and editing. As for everybody else .... well, backing that baby up will be 30 day affair!
  11. UmbraEmsisoft

    UmbraEmsisoft TS Member Posts: 25   +9

    For 14gb I hope the SSD's lifetime is quite long.
  12. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 643   +418

    FWIW I use a Samsung 950 pro NVMe boot 512 GB
    3 x 4 TB Western Digital Black plus a 2 TB WD Black which gives me....14 TB
    likely be less expensive to buy two 6 TB WD Red's than this mofo for backup
  13. Draconian

    Draconian TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +12

    "has a claimed 2.5 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures)."

    It can last 285 years? What?
    Kris95 likes this.
  14. bob333

    bob333 TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +29

    Your grand grand kids can still use it. Load it up with vintage stuff.
    senketsu and UmbraEmsisoft like this.
  15. flipp3r

    flipp3r TS Member

    Great, my next 12bay NAS will use these drives! Don't care who owns the HGST branding, these enterprise drives have always been rock solid for me...
  16. UmbraEmsisoft

    UmbraEmsisoft TS Member Posts: 25   +9

  17. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 173   +61

    If only I had money laying around. What a mighty NAS unit I can have.
  18. Hollow

    Hollow TS Rookie

    World largest SSD is 60 TB. We don't do "backups" anymore, we store data on the cloud. Anyway, in less than a decade normal hard drives will go extinct.
  19. Kris95

    Kris95 TS Member

    Sure and it only costs what, $40,000 or something like that? I'll stick with hard drives for my backups, and forget the cloud. It would take years to upload that much on my connection and I don't trust it anyway. I want my files here with me. Less than a decade left for normal hard drives? Not a chance. They are going to be with us for a long, long time. :)
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  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,783   +3,203

    < Fixed. That was a "conditional statement. "Can" was a bit too, shall we say, "optimistic".

    In any case, here's a metaphor for that sentiment, "if wishes were horses, beggars would ride".

    (Truly sorry about that.I don't know what gets into me sometimes. Well, in this case I do. I send the "angels of my better nature" home on Saturday night. They're in an "angels union", and this would be double time).
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  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,783   +3,203

    You would be absolutely correct about all of this, if everyone in the world was you, and used their computer exactly in the same way you use yours.

    So, why don't you, "give us a break", and put your soapbox away.
    senketsu likes this.
  22. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,963   +223

    Just as a note this is not a drop in replacement due to the host managed SMR storage technology:

    "Host-managed SMR Technology: Second-generation enterprise storage deployment of host-managed SMR delivers 14TB with no compromise of performance predictability and consistency. Host-managed SMR hard drives are designed specifically for sequential write environments, and will not work as drop-in replacements for traditional capacity enterprise drives."
    senketsu likes this.

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