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Samsung's PM1633a is world's highest capacity storage drive at 15.36 TB

Samsung unveiled a hard drive with the world's highest storage capacity, 15.36 TB, at an event in California this week.

The solid-state drive is only slightly larger than those found in many laptops

Samsung showed off the PM1633a, a solid-state drive capable of storing nearly 16 terabytes, at the Flash Memory Summit in California this week. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

If you like to hoard your digital files, then Samsung has made the hard drive for you.

The South Korean tech giant showed off the PM1633a, a solid-state drive capable of storing nearly 16 terabytes, at the Flash Memory Summit in California this week. It comes in a 6.35-cm case, which means it could theoretically fit inside a conventional lap top. 

While the drive actually holds 15.36 TB, it still has, by far, the world's highest storage capacity. Its closest competitors are 10 TB drives made by HGST and Western Digital.  

As the Telegraph newspaper reports, that means the device could, in theory, store the equivalent of 284 days worth of high-definition video, or about 3.8 million four megabyte songs. 

While Samsung did not provide any details on price or availability, technology site Slash Gear reported it could cost northward of $5,000. Based on the company's demonstration — 48 of the solid-state drives installed in a single server with a total storage capacity of about 738 TB — the drive is intended for the enterprise market. 

The Verge, an American technology news and media network, points out that it's technically not a hard drive at all, since solid-state drives contain no spinning platters, or disks, and no motor that drives the disks. 

"But really, we all just think of a hard drive as the component where you store stuff on a computer, and this PM1633a can store more stuff than anything else," wrote Verge journalist Dieter Bohn.


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