The World's Largest SSD, Courtesy of Samsung

Samsung PM1643 30TB storage
Image Source: ARS Technica

Always looking for more storage space for your videos, photos, and games? Samsung answers this demand by releasing the largest solid state drive in the world right now – a kit with 30TB of available space in just 2.5 inches!

Inside the SSD

Samsung’s new SSD is called the PM1643. It is comprised of 32 sticks of 1TB NAND flash packages. Each package is made of 15 layers of 512GB V-NAND chips. This means the drive can comfortably hold around 5,700 HD movies! That’s about 500 days worth of non-stop video.

If that is not enough to impress, the previously considered largest SSD holds 16TB of storage. Samsung released that SSD in March 2016. The new SSD contains 87.5% more storage space. You may have heard of Seagate’s 60 Terabyte SSD, available in a 3.5-inch form factor, which is bulkier than the PM1643. Seagate’s model was also considered a “demonstration technology” and have not been sold to the public. So, at the moment, Samsung’s 30TB PM1643 holds the crown for the world’s largest SSD.

a89f3fcb1eb73369c2152ee19703b108
Source: The Verge

Read/Write Speed

When it comes to sequential read and write speeds, the PM1643 offers high levels that are hard to beat. It has a read speed of 2,100 MB/s and its write speed clocks at 1,700 MB/s. How does this compare to the usual SATA SSDs often found in today’s laptops and desktop computers? These speeds are three times faster than normal. Expect seamless transferring of files onto the drive.

Samsung is offering a 5-year warranty on their new SSD. That signals to consumers just how robust this new drive is. The warranty is basically equal to having coverage for one full drive write per day.

When Will the PM1643 Hit the Market?

Samsung expects to release the PM1643 later this year. Aside from the 30TB SSD, they will also sell 800 GB, 960 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB, and 16.36 TB SAS SSDs. Customers will have a variety of choices depending on their needs and budget.

Was this article helpful?

Thanks for your feedback, add a comment here to help improve the article