Seagate’s Average HDD Capacity Worldwide (2016-2021)

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This statistic highlights Seagate’s Average HDD Capacity Worldwide starting from Q1 of 2016.

Seagate Technology is an American storage company. The company’s principal products are hard disk drives (HDD). In addition to HDD’s the company also produces other electronic data storage products like solid-state hybrid drives (SSHD’s), solid-state drives (SSD’s) PCIe, etc. Their products are designed for enterprise servers and storage systems. Its storage technology portfolio also includes storage subsystems and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions

Their primary competitors are Western Digital Corporation and Toshiba Corporation.

Enterprise Storage – The company’s enterprise storage products include Enterprise Performance HDD’s, Enterprise Capacity, and Archive HDD’s. These products are designed for bulk data storage and server environments.

Client Compute – The company’s client computes products include Desktop HDD’s and SSHD’s, and mobile HDD’s and SSHD’s. Its range of laptop drives is designed to support mobile needs.

Client Non-Compute – The company’s client non – compute products include Video HDD’s, Surveillance, Network Attached Storage (NAS) HDD’s and Branded Solutions. The Video HDD’s are used in applications like DVR’s and media centers.

Over the years the average hard disk drive capacity has been increasing. It started at about 1 GB in the 1990s and has now reached about 1 to 6 TB per drive.  The average capacity per drive was about 1.70 TB at the start of 2017 then went up to 1.90 TB by the start of 2018 and 2.20 TB by the end of 2018. The average capacity per drive in the first quarter of 2019 was about 2.50 TB, which was then brought down to 2.40 TB in the second quarter and third quarter and then raised again to 2.70 TB in the last quarter of 2019. The capacity was increased again in 2020 to 2.90 TB in the first quarter, 3.30 TB in the second quarter and is expected to go up to 4.10 TB by the third quarter of 2020.

The Edge/Client compute average storage remained unchanged throughout 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020 as well at 1.20 TB.

The Edge/ Client non- compute average capacity was 2.20 TB in the first quarter of 2019 and then increased to 2.40 TB for the second and third quarters before increasing to 2.50 TB in the last quarter of 2019 and remained at 2.50 TB into the first quarter of 2020.

The Enterprise average HDD storage capacity was 5.20 TB in the first quarter of 2019 and then it decreased to 4.50 TB in the second quarter, after which it was increased for the remaining quarters to 4.90 TB in the third quarter and 5.50 TB in the fourth quarter. The average increased to 6.30 TB in the first quarter of 2020.

The 2020 estimates for Seagate’s Legacy storage device are 1.60 EB in the second quarter and third quarter. The mass capacity storage estimates are 6.40 EB in the second quarter and 8.20 EB in the third quarter of 2020.

Seagate is now preparing to release a 48 TB disk drive by 2023 using its HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology. Seagate faces stiff competition in terms of technology and market share from Western Digital and therefore has to continuously upgrade its products.

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