Western Digital, well known for making all manner of desktop storage, have quietly registered two brand new products on their website. These two new HDDs are the unannounced 16TB WD161KRYZ HDD and 18TB capacity WD181KRYZ HDD.
Both products use 3.5-inch standard form and SATA3 interfaces. In terms of specifications, the magnetic recording method is CMR/PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording), working at 7200rpm, the fastest speed for your typical hard drive.
It is reported that these brand new HDDs are rated to last for 2.5 million hours, which means they’ll probably never need to be changed. On top of that, the 18TB is also optimized for 7×24 hour working conditions, supporting group RAID arrays.
The 18TB WD181KRYZ belongs to the Western Digital Gold series and is currently the largest gold plate product on the market. However, the details of the new product’s transmission speed and cache configuration have not yet been announced.
In terms of price, the 16TB version costs $578, and the 18TB version costs $648.