Toshiba Unveils the First 14 Terabyte Magnetic Hard Drive

Toshiba has announced the world’s first enterprise 14TB hard drive using conventional magnetic recording. It arrives in time for holding 4K video programming in cloud computing systems.

Toshiba said the 14TB model uses a nine-disk, helium-sealed design to deliver massive capacity that fits into standard 3.5 inch SATA drive bays. It provides the power-efficient capacity and storage density needed by cloud-scale and enterprise storage solution providers.

The new MG07ACA Series features both 14TB nine-disk and 12TB eight-disk models. The helium-sealed 3.5-inch mechanical design realizes better storage density and a lower HDD operating power profile than the previous MG06ACA Series for optimal TCO in cloud-scale infrastructures.

The series also utilizes Toshiba Group’s laser welding technology to ensure the helium remains securely sealed inside the drive enclosure. The drives support a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200 rpm access performance. The nine-disk 14TB models achieve a 40 percent increase in maximum capacity over previous MG06ACA 10TB models. Additionally, the 14TB models improve power efficiency by over 50 percent (W/GB).

“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,” said John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at IDC.

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