Toshiba Announces World’s Largest Hard Drive for Automotive Industry

Toshiba Introduces 320GB HDD for Cars

by Anton Shilov
06/26/2013 | 11:53 PM

Toshiba Corp. has announced the world’s largest capacity automotive-grade hard disk drive (HDD), the Toshiba MQ01AAD032C with 320GB capacity and Serial ATA interface. As part of the Toshiba MQ01AADxxxC series, the novelty addresses the auto industry demand for higher capacity HDDs, which allows for improved in-vehicle user experience, as well as facilitates a growing range of on-board technological applications and functions.


With 320GB of storage, the drive’s 4200rpm spindle speed offers internal transfer rates of up to 976Mb/s (122MB/s) using an average seek time of 12ms. The drive also offers silent seek operation and uses the minimum amount of power without compromising performance, according to Toshiba. The company claims that the drive can operate within temperature range between -30? and +85? and can survive even more extreme temperatures while in non-operating mode.

As the industry’s highest capacity single platter automotive-grade HDD, the MQ01AAD032C addresses the needs of telematic infotainment applications where proven reliability, performance and capacity are required. With aerodynamic technology in the magnetic head slider, the drive series can withstand altitudes up to 18,536 feet (higher than any city in the world) while in operation, and withstands up to 3G (29.4m/s²) vibration tolerance during operation.

Toshiba works in partnership with premier automotive manufacturers to provide best-in-class storage devices that can withstand severe road conditions, the growing quantities of data embedded in a vehicle’s system, and users’ demands for constant connectivity to stream high-definition movies and update their navigation systems simultaneously.

“Consumers demand excellence in their technology, and in-vehicle computing systems are not different. We continue to partner with the automotive industry to develop the most innovative and effective storage solutions possible to meet the needs of the automotive customer,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president marketing at Toshiba storage products business unit.