With its enormous capacity, a new 14TB drive from Western Digital is unlike any seen before and is now being shipped to customers for testing.

It’s the highest-capacity hard drive developed yet, beating 12TB hard drives from WD and Seagate. It’s a larger capacity version of the 12TB HGST Ultrastar He12 PMR hard drive, which also is shipping for testing.

Hard drives ruled when it came to capacity, but this year were overtaken by flash-based SSDs. The 14TB drive, though setting a record for hard drives, comes nowhere close in capacity to Seagate’s 60TB SSD, which was shown at the Flash Memory Summit in August.

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