Just two weeks to go before the Steam Christmas sale and Toshiba has announced a 14TB hard disk drive.
Up until now, high capacity 3.5 inch drives have required systems called Perpendicular Magnetic Recording and Shingle Magnetic Recording, which in vinyl terms means recording between the "grooves" of the record.
This makes them great for storage, but not so good for rewriting. Mostly, these are used for things like permanent records, cold storage, and social networking data.
However, the MG07ACA has become the first 14TB drive that has Conventional magnetic recording (CMR). It uses helium as the "sputter" versions do, but by using a 9-disk array, it is able to cram in the whole lot without compromise.
"We have raised the bar with the new MG07ACA Series 9-disk helium-sealed design," said Akitoshi Iwata, vice president of the Storage Products Division at Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation.
He continued: "By utilising an innovative design, we continue to improve the benefits that high-capacity disk storage can deliver to our broad global customer base."
As well as a 14TB 9-disk array, there's also a 12TB 8-disk array version.
They are still very much aimed at the enterprise market, but they have a standard 6Gbit/s interface and 7200rpm spindle speed.
The 14TB model is said to improve power efficiency by more than 50 per cent in terms of watts per gigabyte.
The announcement of the device doesn't mention pricing but sampling to customers has already begun. It's a fair bet it's not going to be on sale before Christmas or even in the next month or two.
However, the news will provide some succour for Toshiba at a time when the brand is suffering some serious damage. The chip part of the business was recently sold to a consortium led by private equity firm consortium and rumours continue to circulate that the PC business will go to Asus.
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