Toshiba Announces the World’s First 14TB Hard Drive

Helium-sealed with a 3.5-inch mechanical design, the brand new 14TB spinning hard drive by Toshiba is about to prove that this technology hasn’t become obsolete yet and it’s still around. The hard drive boasts a lower operating power profile than the previously launched MG06ACA series, as well as better storage density.

Being part of Toshiba’s latest MG07ACA series, the newcomer is billed as a model for enterprise use boasting nine disks and a helium-sealed design, 3.5-inch form factor, 7200rpm speed, and a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. The series also utilizes Toshiba’s proprietary laser welding technology to ensure the helium remains securely sealed inside the drive enclosure.

The industry-standard 3.5-inch form-factor is specifically designed for cloud-scale storage infrastructure, business-critical servers and other enterprise storage solutions. In addition to the 14TB behemoth, the company has also unveiled a smaller 12TB 8-disk model offering identical functionality as well as greater improvement in power efficiency versus the older 10TB MG06ACA version.

According to the official press release, the massive 14TB and 12TB storage capacities are delivered using proven CMR/PRM recording technologies providing optimum compatibility and data reliability.  Equipped with SATA 6.0 Gbit/s interface, the MG07ACA models integrate easily into standard 3.5-inch SATA drive bays to help reduce the footprint and operational burden of cloud-scale storage infrastructure, and business critical servers and storage systems.

ToshibaMG07ACA series Key Features

  • 14TB and 12TB capacity models
  • Innovative 9-disk helium-sealed design for superior storage density
  • Industry Standard 3.5-inch 26.1 mm Form Factor
  • 7,200rpm performance
  • SATA 6.0 Gbit/s Interface
  • Low operational power profile, providing excellent power efficiency (W/TB) for better TCO
  • 550 Total TB Transferred per Year Workload Rating
  • 512e or 4Kn Advanced Format Sector Technology; (512e Model) Includes  Toshiba Persistent Write Cache Technology for Data-Loss Protection in Sudden Power-Loss Events

Still, it’s not clear whether any of these drives will ever hit the prosumer market and at what price. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that in the world of high-resolution formats and HDR video the ultra-high capacity spinning drives are still a viable storage solution for content creators.

[source: Toshiba]

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