The arms race for the biggest hard drive is constantly escalating: last year saw Seagate announce a 10TB hard drive, and now the company is back with an announcement that an even large 16TB drive is in the pipeline for release in 2018, according to Geek.com.
While we’ve seen similar and even dramatically bigger SSDs (Seagate has a 60TB solid state drive), the 16TB hard drive would be the single largest magnetic disk drive ever if it actually makes it to market. Seagate is noting that the 16TB behemoth would still be a regular 3.5-inch drive, meaning you’ll likely be able to use it in a regular desktop. And while it’s still a bit early to have any idea of price, the 10TB model from last year ran for $534.99, so expect something at least in that range.
If you can’t wait until 2018 for 16TB of storage space into your computer, don’t worry — there’s always Samsung’s $10,000 15.36TB SSD, which will also theoretically fit into a standard home computer.