Toshiba on Thursday said that its latest and largest hard drives for high-end desktops and NASes will be available later this month in the US. The new N300 and X300-series HDDs will offer not only increased capacities, but also provide improved performance.

Available in 12 TB and 14 TB capacities, Toshiba’s latest N300 and X300-series helium-filled hard drives are built around 1.56 TB PMR platters from Showa Denko, with the drives incorporating up to 9 of the platters. The drives generally resemble Toshiba’s enterprise-grade MG07-series HDDs introduced last year: they feature a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 256 MB cache buffer, and a SATA 6 Gbps interface. As for performance, Toshiba has rated the maximum sustained data transfer speeds for the drives at 260 MB/s for 14 TB models and 253 MB/s for 12 TB SKUs. Power wise, expect the HDDs to consume around 9W.

It is particularly noteworthy that both HDDs feature top and bottom attached motors to minimize vibrations (Toshiba calls the feature Stable Platter Technology). Meanwhile, being aimed at different kinds of applications, the new HDDs are not just rebadged MG07 products. Toshiba’s N300-series 12 TB and 14 TB hard drives for NAS (aka MN07-series) with up to 8 bays are outfitted with rotational vibration (RV) sensors to ensure consistent performance in vibrating multi-drive environments. By contrast, desktop-oriented X300-seires 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs do not have RV sensors since modern desktops hardly use multiple hard drives. Meanwhile, neither of the new HDDs are equipped with environmental sensors, persistent write cache (PWC) with power loss protection (PLP) technology, or other enterprise-grade features.

When it comes to rated workloads and durability, Toshiba’s N300 drives are rated for 24/7 operation, up to 180 TB per year workloads and 1 million-hour MTTF. The X300 HDDs are not officially designed for 24/7 operation, but it still features improved reliability courtesy of its Stable Platter tech and the enterprise nature of the platform. All the new drives will be covered by a three-year limited warranty.

Toshiba’s new N300 and X300-series HDDs will be generally available in the US later this month. The new N300 and X300 hard drives are priced equally despite being slightly different. The 12 TB SKUs cost $429.99, whereas 14 TB models carry a $539.99 price tag.

UPDATE 12/8: Adding official MSRPs of the products.

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Source: Toshiba

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  • mooninite - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    Of course they ship with 512e sectors. Wow. :( Who are these customers that are still demanding 512? Reply
  • buxe2quec - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    Are.thete customers negatively affected by 512e? I think most operating systems work on 4K sectors anyway, the penalty is therefore non existent Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    "up to 180 TB per year workloads" = 0.49TB/day = around 0.04 DWPD (drive writes per day). Interesting how this rating is less than a lot of SSDs, even the cheaper ones. Reply
  • Supercell99 - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    That's rated at 490 GB a day. That's pretty piss poor I would say. Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    HDDs being priced like a premium product while SSDs are also priced like a premium product. The average Joe is now trying to squeeze their files onto a cheap 256GB SSD, when they'd have a 1TB HDD back in early 2010s. Who says technology improves with time. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    Looks like it didnt take long until Toshiba became part of the cartel, after they causes a significant dip in HDD prices. Prices rose in the last few months again by quite a bit. Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    As long as Best buy keep selling Western Digital EasyStore 8tb and 10tb drives for cheap, Toshiba can do whatever they want and charge whatever they want but they will continue to be irrelevant to me. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    For cheap? Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    The easystore drives are either WD Red NAS drives or white label drives that have all of the features of the Red NAS drives but also include the 3.3 volt pen on the SATA power connector that might need to be disabled with some electrical or kapton tape, depending on your system. The 8 terabyte drives have been as low as $129 and are selling for $149 right now. The 10tb drives were $179 on Black Friday and I believe are still on sale for that price. All you have to do is shuck the drive from the external enclosure and you have yourself an 8 or 10 TB WD red for half price. They are 5400 RPM drives, but due to the areal density of the platters, they still do about 200 megabytes per second sequential. For mass storage there is no better deal. Nothing comes close. Reply
  • evanrich - Sunday, December 09, 2018 - link

    Can confirm. Currently running 18x 8TB Reds (well, like 15 reds +3 whites) in RaidZ2... 144TB raw for <$2400, couldn't come close with anything else. Reply

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