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Toshiba Intros 2.5" HDDs with 15K RPM Spindle Speed

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Toshiba has revealed a 2.5-inch 300 GB HDD spinning at 15,000 RPM although it's not the first drive of this kind on the market.

This week Toshiba revealed what it deems as the industry’s highest-capacity 2.5-inch high performance enterprise-class line of drives. Called the Toshiba MK01GRRB/R, it uses an SAS 6 Gb/s interface. spins at 15,000 RPM and offers a top capacity of 300 GB. But Seagate already beat Toshiba to the market with a similar line earlier this year, the Savvio 15K 2.5-inch hard drives, which offers the same spin speeds and capacity.

According to Toshiba, its new third generation 2.5-inch 15,000 RPM enterprise drives leverage an enhanced power condition state that reduces drive spin in idle states, significantly lowering power consumption. That means less heat generated, less power consumed overall, and extra cash in the company's pocket. Business owners can also rest assured that data will be protected thanks to the new line's self-encryption technology which is designed to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) "Enterprise SSC" specification.

"SED technology provides simple and complete data security throughout the drive’s usable life cycle – with no performance impact – and enables organizations to crypto-graphically erase protected data securely, enabling the ability to return, service, repurpose, or retire drives without lengthy data overwrite operations or physical destruction of the drive," Toshiba said.

The new line is expected to go live in Q1 2012 with the launch of four models: the 300 GB MK3001GRRB (without encryption) and MK3001GRRR (with encryption), and the 147 GB MK1401GRRB (without encryption) and MK1401GRRR (with encryption). All four will have an average seek time of 2.7 ms (read) and 3.0 ms (write), an SAS 6 Gb/s interface, and a 15,000 RPM rotational speed. However the 300 GB drives will consume 4.5 watts whereas the smaller 147 GB drives will consume 4.3 watts.

"Toshiba small form factor enterprise drives deliver the performance, capacity and security features IT administrators require for today’s mission critical server, storage and cloud appliance markets," Toshiba said.

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    spp85 , October 15, 2011 1:19 PM
    "Average seek time of 2.7 ms (read) and 3.0 ms (write)" wow that's impressive for a HDD. Hopes such drives also comes to desktop at an affordable prices....
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 15, 2011 1:32 PM
    So, given a reasonable expectation for prices, why not just an SSD? Seek times are as good as zero on those and they don't get warm, or break when you move them.

    At 15k speeds you can expect that even the smallest vibration is a danger.
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    tomfreak , October 15, 2011 2:23 PM
    If HDD company want to keep SSD at bay they should have move up the RPM by now, not sticking to 7200rpm.
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    del35 , October 15, 2011 2:39 PM
    Imagine if iCrapyou had come up with this. We would be hearing about it non-stop.
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    jn77 , October 15, 2011 3:49 PM
    Exactly, the way storage keeps going, 15k 2.5 inch HD's should have hit the "average" consumer market say `0 years ago...... This is going to be really over priced and a few years too late.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , October 15, 2011 5:02 PM
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    At 15k speeds you can expect that even the smallest vibration is a danger.

    Youd be amazed at how well they can run with a slight vibration.., not to mention these are enterprise discs... they will be secured very well.

    Also Why one of these over a ssd? maybe because as far as data reliability goes they are probably about 5x better. not to say ssd's are bad or anything but they still arnt as good quality wise yet, with software bugs and issues in the manufacture process.
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    livebriand , October 15, 2011 9:30 PM
    spp85"Average seek time of 2.7 ms (read) and 3.0 ms (write)" wow that's impressive for a HDD. Hopes such drives also comes to desktop at an affordable prices....

    Man, that makes the 13ms with my WD Caviar Black 3.5" look like crap... (AAM set to loud 254) But then again, it's a whole lot cheaper... Also, I thought that 10K WD VelcoiRaptors were good enough...
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    mavroxur , October 15, 2011 10:26 PM
    They're definately not pioneers in the 2.5" 15k RPM field, but still nice to see more players in the HDD market. I just wish SOMEONE would make a 10k RPM 2.5" drive that would meet the height and 5V requirements of notebooks already!

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    sonofliberty08 , October 15, 2011 11:02 PM
    we need 10k drive for desktop from Toshiba now! since hitachi was acquired by wd, seagate got samsung hdd, our choice are limited......
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    knowom , October 16, 2011 12:36 AM
    sonofliberty08we need 10k drive for desktop from Toshiba now! since hitachi was acquired by wd, seagate got samsung hdd, our choice are limited......
    What's it really matter? rotational hd's are just for storage capacity now anyway and if you want speed ssd's have surpassed them by leaps and bounds.
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    alidan , October 16, 2011 3:34 AM
    oxxfatelostxxoYoud be amazed at how well they can run with a slight vibration.., not to mention these are enterprise discs... they will be secured very well.Also Why one of these over a ssd? maybe because as far as data reliability goes they are probably about 5x better. not to say ssd's are bad or anything but they still arnt as good quality wise yet, with software bugs and issues in the manufacture process.


    not to mention if **** hits the fan, you can send it to a place to pull data off, granted at a great expense to you, but you cant do that with an ssd yet.


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    frostweaver , October 16, 2011 4:23 AM
    price?
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    nikorr , October 16, 2011 8:44 AM
    Its cool, but not for average users. SSD is a better choice these days.
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    JohnMD1022 , October 16, 2011 1:46 PM
    If you wish to take a chance, buy Seagate.

    I'd rather put my money with Toshiba if I were in the market.
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    sonofliberty08 , October 16, 2011 10:35 PM
    knowomWhat's it really matter? rotational hd's are just for storage capacity now anyway and if you want speed ssd's have surpassed them by leaps and bounds.

    today PC are still ship with HDD, if capacity per dollar of the SSD drop to today HDD level then i'll put 1 in my build
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    snotling , October 17, 2011 3:45 AM
    oxxfatelostxxoYoud be amazed at how well they can run with a slight vibration.., not to mention these are enterprise discs... they will be secured very well.Also Why one of these over a ssd? maybe because as far as data reliability goes they are probably about 5x better. not to say ssd's are bad or anything but they still arnt as good quality wise yet, with software bugs and issues in the manufacture process.

    don't be so confident t'ey're Toshiba... I've seen HDs from them break by the dozen and be replaced to break again...
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    antilycus , October 17, 2011 4:09 AM
    AVOID SEAGATE AT ALL COSTS. EVery single drive that I have had to repair for customers have all been seagate. They (And their pcb's) are junk. Don't use them in Raid 10 either
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    g-unit1111 , October 17, 2011 11:44 PM
    Pretty impressive, but then again now that SSDs are dropping way down in price, it almost makes regular HDs not worth it any more, IMO. If you're going to be using it as a secondary that's one thing but as the primary I'd still stick with SSD over anything else.