Toshiba unveils 16 hard drive (updated)

updating: The Anandtech site provides additional information about the MG08, which is nevertheless a fairly innovative drive - with nine magnetic plates only 0.635 millimeters thick compared with 0.8 millimeters in the past and TDMR double readheads that enable Information is denser than standard single-head PMR drives. It is very interesting to see where this axis will develop in the hard market.

The original article: Just as the pair of the largest competitors in the market are struggling with the commercial application of next generation technologies - emerges And steals the show with record volume for the old and familiar storage method

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We were convinced that the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) drives at the top of the mechanical drives sector had officially ended with the 14 terabyte models and would have to be replaced by the new and challenging HAMR and MAMR technologies - and then suddenly Demonstrating that nothing is over yet with the MG08, the new high with volume Of not less than 16 terabytes.

The new hard drive is based on 9 magnetic plates inside a sealed helium cell, in a standard 3.5 format of course, and in the density of information we have not seen in the market, with the previous record being a 15 terabyte drive from Based on SMR writing that requires external program management for optimal performance - so that the advantage is at home Should be both total volume and performance.

PMR drive breaks records on its way to the stores

The new hard drive is characterized by a rotation speed of 7,200 rpm, 512MB dynamic cache, average time of 2.5 million hours between critical malfunctions, noise level of 20 decibels above room noise at maximum operation and 24 operation per hour 7 days a week, with total write volume of 550TB per year for a five year warranty period .

We must admit that we did not expect that Will succeed in doing what the two limits in the mechanical market have given up in advance

The MG08 will be offered both in the SAS configuration, which is located in data centers only and in a SATA connection that will be compatible with PCs as of the end of January, thus preferring the planned 16 terabyte products. and- Based on MAMR and HAMR respectively, which are only currently in the internal exams phase. The official price has not yet been revealed, but it is reasonable to assume that it will not be low at all, at least at the beginning of the road.

Will this be the last leading PMR drive, or are there any more surprises ahead of us in the coming year?

Perhaps in the long run Will find itself behind because of little or no investment in the new-age magnetic storage technologies - but for now the modest player with a market share of less than 10 seems to have been able to surprise and beat its two giant competitors, which together hold about 90. As far as we're concerned.