Samsung boasts off the world’s largest hard drive at the Flash Memory Summit this week, and it has a 16-terabyste storage capacity.
Tech Times noted this solid state drive offers way more than its closest rivals Western Digital, HGST or Seagate, which have max capacity of 10 TB.
The site, explaining how Samsung made the largest storage drive possible, noted that the South Korean tech giant uses its new 256-GB NAND flash die to squeeze more in a tiny space. It combined its latest technology with a 3D stacking technique that helped it to store more into the same amount of space.
Traditionally flash drives are arranged in a 2-dimensional way, but what Samsung did was it stacked a number of layers of memory cells onto each other which allows a greater storage space.
The Telegraph said, in theory, the 16 TB PM1633a drive could store about 284-days worth of high-definition video, or about 3.8 million four megabyte songs.
It can also store up to 2 million input/output operations each second, which is far more than the 90,000 an average consumer solid-state drive is able to handle, Tech Times added.
Samsung has yet to announce when the 16 TB PM1633a hard drives will be available or how much it will cost. But experts estimate it could have a price of $5,000, Slash Gear noted. Samsung currently offers a 2.5-TB hard drive that costs $1,000.
The Verge also noted that it is likely that Samsung will offer this hard drive to enterprise customers. This is based on the company’s pitching of a reference design for a server with 48 of these solid state hard drives installed, which makes a total capacity of 768TB.
It also pointed out that technically, it is not a hard drive since solid-state drives contain no spinning platters and no motor that drives the disks.
The drive also comes in a 6.35-cm case, which means it could fit inside a conventional lap top.