Hard Disk Drives To Stay In The Market For At least 15 Years According To Seagate
The constantly decreasing prices of SSDs and the overall price-performance ratio provided by solid state drives over hard disk drives has many people believing that the era of HDDs is over and within a few years, pretty much every PC will use a SSD as its main storage. However, David Morton who is the chief financial officer at Seagate doesn’t seem to think that will be the case and standard magnetic disks still have a lot of life left in them.
“I believe HDDs will be along around for at least 15 years to 20 years,” he said at Nasdaq 33rd Investor Program Conference.
While the decline in sales numbers of HDDs over the past few years says otherwise, according to Morton the hard disk drives won’t go obsolete just yet. That’s because their design allows them to evolve and that is what they will do over the next decade or two, adopt a multitude of new technologies with time that will keep them relevant and potentially bring them on an equal footing with most SSDs.
Last year, Advanced Storage Technology Consortium, whose job it is to unite various companies that develop and manufacture hard disk drives, presented their view of the future of HDDs. According to the roadmap presented by them, the capacity of hard drives is expected to reach 100TB by 2025 while incorporating new technologies in main stream production such as Hybrid/Enhanced Cache, helium based storage as well as two dimensional magnetic recording.
Seagate is actually pretty much ready to ship out Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording drives, which feature 2 or more readers on the disc track, although Heat-assisted magnetic recording technology is still some years away for mainstream usage.
“We talked last year about two dimensional magnetic recording, we will be ready to ship that in the next year or two,” said Dave Mosley, president of operations and technology at Seagate, at the company’s analyst and investor strategic update conference in September.