Toshiba last week quietly announced their newest enterprise hard drive, which also happens to be their largest single drive ever. This new drive will be their first 5 TB drive ever and will come in multiple variants, all of which coming in either SATA or SAS. These new drive lines, labelled the MG04ACA and MG04SCA Series will both come in 7200 RPM speeds and both have a peak sequential read speed of 205 MB/s, regardless of interface. Both drives will also come with Toshiba’s advanced formatting, which will help with smaller file size performance (namely 4K file sizes).
As one would expect, this drive will be shipping with 128 MB of cache in order to help handle all of the immense files that would be passing through such a massive 5 TB drive. And even though this drive is incredibly dense and packed with storage capacity, it will only have a rated latency of 4.17 ms, which isn’t bad for a drive of this capacity and performance. Additionally, the expected power consumption is a bit on the higher end with it expected to consume a Read/Write Power of 11.3 watts and a Low Power Idle of 6.0 watts.
This drive will be available shortly, as the MG04 series Toshiba drives will be sampling to customers this month which means this is almost a hard launch, since this month has less than 2 weeks left. No price has been announced for either of these drives quite yet, but at these performance levels and drive capacities expect these drives to go for over $400 a piece, possibly even $500 a piece although not as likely. Do keep in mind that it will still offer the industry standard’s 5 year warranty on enterprise drives in conjunction with its expected MTTF of 1.2 million hours. This really does look like a great drive to have for any kind of large storage solutions, the only problem will really come down to price per gigabyte and whether Seagate and Western Digital can come out with competitive drives to lower the prices of the new 5 TB drives, which are already expected to be replaced by 6 TB drives fairly soon.