You can buy Western Digital’s 20TB hard drive right now, but it’s unclear when you’ll get it

One thing to look ahead to: When Western Digital revealed its 20TB arduous drive and new storage structure earlier this 12 months, it hadn’t offered a concrete date or worth for basic availability. Now the drives look like on sale, although for a hefty price ticket and nonetheless with no exact transport date.

Western Digital first unveiled its 20TB enterprise-oriented arduous drive with new OptiNAND know-how on the finish of August. OptiNAND makes use of embedded flash reminiscence to retailer drive metadata, which Western Digital says permits for extra storage and quickens entry to knowledge. The corporate mentioned it was sampling the brand new drives to pick prospects first whereas planning a wider launch later within the 12 months.

Now, the WD Gold 20TB arduous drive with OptiNAND is offered on Western Digital’s on-line retailer for round $680. The shop web page nonetheless does not give a launch date, but it surely pegs availability at one-to-two weeks. The checkout web page additionally exhibits transport as one-to-two weeks. It is unclear if that signifies the date vary inside which it plans to launch the 20TB arduous drive or if it has already bought out and new inventory will not be in for an additional couple of weeks. Thus far, Western Digital hasn’t made the 20TB arduous drive accessible at some other retailer. The web site additionally lists a 20TB Ultrastar arduous drive however has no particulars on worth or availability.

Seagate already shipped 20TB arduous drives utilizing HAMR know-how final 12 months. Each corporations hope to have 30TB arduous drives within the second half of this decade (second-generation HAMR within the case of Seagate), and Seagate plans to get to 100TB by 2030.

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