Toshiba unveils 14TB helium-filled hard drive
Toshiba has begun shipping it’s biggest hard drive to date, a 14TB helium-filled behemoth. Unfortunately, Toshiba is a little late to the party, with WD releasing the same drive a few months back. However, this new guy has some nifty features, being the first drive to pack nine disks inside, and the only 14TB drive to use conventional magnetic recording technology.
The drive comes in as part of Toshiba’s MG07ACA series and will be available in both 12TB and 14TB varients.
“We have raised the bar with the new MG07ACA Series 9-disk helium-sealed design,” said Akitoshi Iwata, Vice President of Storage Products Division, Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation. “By utilizing an innovative design, we continue to improve the benefits that high-capacity disk storage can deliver to our broad global customer base.”
What’s really compelling is how much Toshiba put on to each disk or platter. Each one has 1.56TB of storage, comprising of a nine platter drive with 18 heads.
“While enterprise server and storage customers realize that shingled magnetic recording technology can improve HDD capacity, the adoption of SMR HDD products into server and storage systems is a transition that will take several years,” said John Rydning, Research Vice President for hard disk drives at IDC. “Toshiba’s new helium-sealed enterprise HDD is the world’s first 14TB of storage capacity using conventional rather than shingled magnetic recording technology, giving enterprise customers the highest capacity HDD available in the market today for existing server and storage system architectures.”