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Toshiba Corp. has announced the launch of a family of advanced 3.5" hard disk drives for the first time in many years. The HDDs provide up to 3TB of capacity as well as 5700rpm, 5940rpm or 7200rpm spindle speeds. Volume shipments of the drives, produced with manufacturing equipment acquired in a recent transaction with Western Digital Corp., will start at the end of this month.

The high capacity storage devices that add to the performance of today's digital devices, among them desktop PCs, external hard drives, digital video drives and TVs with an integrated recording function, must match advances in HD image quality and the proliferation of TV channels and other digital sources with density advances that can meet increasingly heavy demands on capacity. Toshiba is making this possible with a new product line-up that includes 3.5" drives with up to 3TB capacity and technologies Toshiba inherited from WD and Hitachi GST.

The new line-up is configured to meet diverse needs. The DT01ACA-series offers a rotational speed of 7200rpm, appropriate for high performance desktop PCs. The DT01ACA***V-series drives are also equipped with a streaming function to handle data transfer within a specified time, and are optimized for applications such as digital video recorders that must record and playback video data without any delay. Toshiba DT01ABA hard drives feature Serial ATA 6Gb/s interface, 64MB cache and 1TB platters.

Toshiba has also responded to energy-conscious users with low power consumption DT01ABA and DT01ABA***V  models offering rotational speeds of 5700rpm and 5940rpm; compared to the 7200rpm variants, these models reduce power consumption by 19 to 25%. Toshiba DT01ABA hard drives sport Serial ATA 6Gb/s interface, 32MB cache and 1TB platters.

Since the start of this fiscal year, as the result of a series of strategic investments that culminated in securing capabilities in 3.5 inch HDD for consumer products, Toshiba has realized the ability to develop and market hard disk drives in all key product areas. By complementing this with SSD solutions for both enterprise and consumer applications, Toshiba is uniquely positioned to meet demand across the entire range of customer needs.

Tags: Toshiba, HDD, Western Digital, WD


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 08/09/12 10:43:45 AM
Latest comment: 08/11/12 10:49:13 AM


nice, it was about time to have some more choices after the later buyouts between the HDD companies.
1 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/09/12 10:43:46 AM]

Why only 3TB? Hitachi had a 4TB HDD for sale starting more than 9 months ago. Now neither Western Digital nor Toshiba is offering a 4TB internal HDD? What is going on?
0 0 [Posted by: john42  | Date: 08/09/12 11:27:53 AM]

4 TB is still pretty new technology. Generally Hitachi goes out of its way to set the precedence on the next size before you'll see any other the vendors do it. Hitachi probably created a fatter drive to fit another platter; generally Seagate and WD wait until they can fit 4TB into more common spec.

Also, it's 4 TB; I expect that the 3TBs are overstocked since I didn't see much of a change in price during the floods. I expect the major manufacturers will try to work down their stock before worrying about 4TB. As for why Toshiba isn't doing it with their new line: they've only had those factories for less than a year, I bet they're trying to justify the cost of the purchase with production.
0 1 [Posted by: TheInsomniaddict  | Date: 08/10/12 08:47:09 AM]

What ever happened to this?

They pledged it man, they freakin pledged it!!
1 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 08/11/12 12:23:45 AM]


Interesting article. Apparently Hitachi's previous claim was 4TB by 2011. They actually met that one -- HGST's 4TB drive was available in Dec. 2011.

But with HGST swallowed up, it seems we will be lucky to see a 4TB drive from WD, Seagate, or Toshiba by Dec. 2012.

If HGST were still independent, I guess we would have 5TB drives already. HGST made 5-platter HDDs (the 4TB had 5 x 800GB platters). Now that 1TB platters are common, I guess HGST would have already released a 5-platter 5TB HDD.
2 0 [Posted by: john42  | Date: 08/11/12 10:49:13 AM]


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