Something to look forward to: When Western Digital unveiled its 20TB hard drive and new storage architecture earlier this year, it did not provide a specific date or price for the general availability version. Now the discs seem to be on sale, albeit at a hefty price and still without an exact shipping date.
Western Digital first unveiled its 20TB enterprise hard drive with new OptiNAND technology at the end of August. OptiNAND uses built-in flash memory to store disk metadata, which Western Digital says will increase storage capacity and speed up data access. The company said it is trying new discs to target customers first and plans a wider release later this year.
Now the WD Gold 20TB Hard Drive with OptiNAND is accessible at the Western Digital online store for about $ 680. The store page still does not include a release date, but lists an availability of one to two weeks. The checkout page also lists delivery times of one to two weeks. It’s unclear if this indicates a date range within which it plans to release the 20TB hard drive, or if it’s already out of print and new stock won’t arrive in a couple of weeks. So far, Western Digital has not provided the 20TB hard drive in other stores. The site is also the lists a 20TB Ultrastar hard drive, but no detailed pricing or availability is available.
Seagate already dispatched 20TB hard drives using HAMR technology last year. Both companies are hoping to get 30TB hard drives in the second half of this decade (second-generation HAMR in Seagate’s case), and Seagate plans to increase hard drives to 100TB by 2030.