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Toshiba Intros 2.5" HDDs with 15K RPM Spindle Speed

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.

  • 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....
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    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
    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
    Imagine if iCrapyou had come up with this. We would be hearing about it non-stop.
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  • jn77
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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