Western Digital has created the world’s first 14-terabyte hard drive. That’s 14,000 gigabytes. Or 14,000,000 megabytes. We all know how math works, I’m writing it out just so you can soak in all those zeroes. So many zeroes! The monster hard drive will have transfer speeds of up to 223MiB/s in both SATA and SAS formats. And yes, of course there’s a catch: you can’t buy it.

No hard drive for you!

The new drive will only be sold to data centers, which is a bummer for those of us who dove headfirst into the digital revolution and need all the space we can muster. The drive outperforms its predecessor with twice the sequential write performance, and the MTBF (mean time between failures) is rated at 2.5 million hours, meaning it will be a good, long time before it experiences any errors.

Consumers shouldn’t fret, however. The mere fact that this drive exists means that a consumer version will show up sooner or later, either from Western Digital themselves or a competitor looking to beat them at their own game.

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