While Western Digital, Seagate and HGST all have consumer-grade 6 TB hard drives already on the market, Toshiba is playing catch-up; the company is only now announcing 4 TB and 5 TB desktop hard drives.
The two drives fall under the "Desktop" series of hard drives from the company and spin at 7200 RPM. They use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology and have support for NCQ and TMR head recording, too. Toshiba has also equipped the drives with internal shock detection and ramp loading technology for added durability.
Both the drives feature the industry-standard SATA3 (6 Gb/s) interface, making them compatible with almost every PC out there.
On top of being late to the party, Toshiba also priced the drives quite high. The 4 TB model carries an MSRP of $299, while the 5 TB drive should cost $399. For comparison's sake, competing hard drives can be found for about half that on Newegg. Toshiba, however, is known to have excessively high MSRP's on its hard drives, and it almost always ends up having lower street prices.
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Previously, Toshiba only made 2.5" drives. When WD bought Hitachi, that would've left the world with 2 manufacturers of 3.5" drives (WD and Seagate), and 3 manufacturers of 2.5" drives (plus Toshiba). One of the countries (I don't recall if it was China or the U.S.) thought 2 was too few, so they stipulated that Hitachi must sell its 3.5" drive business to Toshiba before they'd approve the merger. Which WD did.
So the 3.5" drives Toshiba sells are the old 3.5" Hitachi drives, which themselves are the old IBM drives.
The drives can't be that old, at least the 5TB Toshiba drive should be 6 months or newer?
I'm one of the people who uses Toshiba in preference to WD/Seagate for desktop drives. Mainly due to reliability - haven't had a Toshiba/Hitachi drive fail, but have had a WD drive fail - but the 7200 RPM 2 TB ones have pretty good performance for their price, too.
Seriously, my new nearly 1K Toshiba laptop had in it a Toshiba hard drive. I immediately had it taken out at Best Buy and had put in another, same capacity, WD laptop drive that I had ordered before ordering the Toshiba computer.
I just do not trust Toshiba hard drives, the ONLY drives I have ever had fail on me (that I did not just get rid of because they were 10 years old and past MTBF due to hours used) were Toshiba's.
Damned... there are only 3 manufacturers of laptop and desktop hard drives today? Color me surprised, I thought there were more.... or are those others I am thinking of the Chinese "We take your money and our products break in 2 years!" manufacturers?
I have a 3TB Desktop Drive branded Toshiba, made by HGST, and i got it for $110. works great for the best price:capacity on the market. i have plenty of SATA ports so unless i can get a 6TB drive for under $250 for ANYONE these aren't worth it compared to their slightly older offerings that have been on the market longer.