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Toshiba upgrades its X-300 workstation desktop drives, adds more capacity

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May 31, 2016

Toshiba said earlier today that it has upgraded its X-300 workstation desktop drives from 6 TB to 8 TB capacity.

These are 3.5-inch drives spinning at 7,200 RPMs with a 6 Gbit/s SATA interface and 128 MB cache. The prior generation came with 4, 5 and 6 TB storage capacity.

The latest X-300 only has an 8 TB capacity feature and uses perpendicular magnetic recording technology.

That was based on its MG-04 data centre nearline drive technology. Toshiba now has three internal desktop drive products:

  • X300 premium high-performance
  • P300 mid-range HDD
  • E300 low energy drive
  • We understand that the X-300 has five platters, each with 1.6 TB of storage capacity. It has a 4.17 msec average latency and supports Advanced Format and Native Command Queuing.

    This isn't a high-performance drive, spinning at nearly 7,200 RPMs and not having a flash/disk hybrid design.

    To be sure, flash is taking over that end of the disk drive market where they previously rotated at 15,000 and 10,000 RPMs.

    Overall, the MG-04 is classed as an enterprise capacity drive and tops out at 6 TB. The existence of the 8 TB X-300 model suggests that we could see an 8 TB MG-04 product soon, if Toshiba sees a market for it.

    However, the move to helium-filled drives by Western Digital and Seagate, with consequent higher capacities, might give Toshiba's engineers pause for thought as they debate adopting helium-filling technology and a jump to 10 TB nearline drive capacities.

    The 8 TB X-300 will be available from mid-June with a two-year warranty. Pricing isn't announced yet.

    Source: Toshiba.

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