MAMR vs HAMR: WD & Seagate choose different methods for next gen HDDs

Discussion created by black_zion on Nov 3, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 9, 2020 by black_zion

For the first time in ages there's going to be an actual difference between drive manufacturers, and should be interesting to see who wins in the end, as both are unlikely to switch to the other process.


Seagate Plans To HAMR WD's MAMR; 20TB HDDs With Lasers Inbound

Seagate is firing back at WD's MAMR with its HAMR (Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology that uses tiny lasers to increase storage density. Seagate claimed the new HDDs will debut to the market in 2018, and the company has plans to bring 20TB+ drives to market in 2019. If that isn't enough storage for you, the company plans to have 40TB+ models by 2023.