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Samsung has started shipping the 16TB (well, okay, 15.36TB) SSD it showed off at the Flash Memory Summit in California last year. The company says the positively tiny, 2.5-inch drive has the largest capacity among all the SSDs in the world. It still didn’t mention how much one would cost you — not that you’d need one if you’re an ordinary user — most likely because it’s marketing the SSD as an enterprise product for obvious reasons. It boasts in its announcement post that since the product’s a 2.5-inch SSD, businesses can fit more drives in their server racks than if they use 3.5-inch drives.
The Korean manufacturer was able to cram such a huge capacity inside a teensy package by stacking 512 pieces of its 256Gb vertical NAND memory chips, which have twice the capacity of the NAND chips other companies use. It says users will be able to write 15.36TB worth of data on the drive every day without fail, and that the SSD comes with a tool that can protect data and restore software in case of blackouts. Since you’d probably have to try very, very hard to use up all that space if you only need a drive for personal use, you may want to wait for the other products in Samsung’s new 2.5-inch PM1633a SSD line-up. Later this year, the chaebol will also release 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB variants, all of which will definitely be more affordable than this 16TB beast.