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Western Digital’s new 15TB hard drive is the biggest one ever made

Western Digital’s new 15TB hard drive is the biggest one ever made

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You probably can’t afford it

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Step aside, boring 14TB hard drives. There’s a new storage champion in town: Western Digital has announced a new 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD that takes the crown as the biggest hard drive yet, via SlashGear.

The new drive beats out Western Digital’s 14TB model that it announced last year and Seagate’s recently announced 14TB lineup. Seagate did announce last year that it was planning to release a 16TB drive in 2018, which would have topped the old 14TB drives as well as the new 15TB Ultrastar, but there hasn’t been any word on the 16TB drive since that initial announcement.

That leaves the new Western Digital drive as the biggest hard drive available, although the company hasn’t said how much it’ll cost (spoiler: a lot) or when you’ll be able to buy it (probably never since WD tends to sell these massive drives to enterprise customers who need the massive storage densities for server and data center applications.)

Western Digital’s 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD is only the biggest magnetic hard drive; switch over to SSDs, and the sky is practically the limit — the biggest one we’ve seen is a 100TB model — assuming your wallet can afford it.