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This SSD Can Hold Up To 30TB Of Data, Props To Samsung

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With digital media eating up more and more space, the need for bigger storage has been at the forefront of tech companies’ strategies in developing various products. In the case of Samsung, it recently unveiled an SSD that can hold up to 30TB of data, which makes it the largest 2.5-inch platform in the world. For context, that’s enough space to hold up to 5,700 HD movies.

Officially designated the PM1643, it is composed of 32 pieces of NAND flash packages holding 1TB of memory each, The Verge reports. Each of those packages also contains 6 layers of V-NAND chips worth 512GB, all of which are fitted into an assuming form that is only 2.5 inches.

The unit is being marketed to people who need a substantial amount of storage space in order to get away from standard HDDs, which are considered significantly less effective. It’s also a good option for those who would rather not rely on cloud storage, which inevitably requires internet connection in order to use.

In any case, the PM1643 has twice the capacity of the previous record-holder, which could only store 16TB of data. While a 60TB unit was showcased by Seagate, it was at the much larger 3.5-inch platform and never seemed to go anywhere as far as hitting the market goes.

Unfortunately, a release date for the drive has not yet been announced. Samsung did say that production started in January, Ars Technica reports, but there’s no word on when it will actually hit the market.

The company also promised that there would be other variants in this SSD lineup, which include 15TB and 7TB storage. Samsung even notes that the units will have read and write speeds that are as fast as up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s respectively. This would make it one the fastest SSD units in the market.

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