Jan-Ulrich Thiele, the head of HAMR development at Seagate says that HDDs with HAMR technology are not being made to break the storage records, instead they are being produced to evaluate the technology’s applicability in mass production scheme.
These HAMR-based HDDs are being planned to be introduced in late 2016 and the first prototype HAMR HDDs will come in limited 4TB storage sizes. The writing head of the HAMR HDDs will be slightly thicker than the traditional heads, causing their form factor to get larger.
As mentioned above, the introduction of HAMR HDDs will be in late 2016, but the disks are expected to ship in 2018.
It is clear that HDDs aren’t going to disappear anytime soon and the ASTC (Advanced Storage Technology Consortium) plans to develop the HDDs to make 100TB storage disks in a decade from now.
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