Toshiba Announces MN-Series HDDs: Up to 8TB

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by Megalith, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    I have bought nothing but Toshiba drives in the last few years—their X300 series represents a pretty great value, especially the 5TB model, which hovers at around $150. While I have had zero issues with any of mine, the company is releasing a new series of enterprise-y drives that presumably last longer (Toshiba has even published the MTBF for these, which was somewhat of a secret with the X300s). I wish they would offer a new line of 5400 RPM drives, though, since less people are buying hard disks for speed these days and could do without the increased noise and heat of 7200 RPM.

    The Toshiba MN-series family includes 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB models with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface (note that the higher-end model supports the SATA 3.3, whereas the others are compliant with the SATA 3.1). The HDDs feature 7200 RPM spindle speed, are equipped with 128 MB buffers, and use rotational vibration (RV) sensors that detect and compensate for transient vibrations in multi-bay NAS and server environments - this aims to ensure that the drives deliver consistent performance. Speaking of performance, Toshiba declares up to 230 MB/s sustained data transfer rate as well as 4.17 ms average latency time for the top-of-the-line 8 TB model.
  2. Mugato

    Mugato Muh Feelz!

    Feb 25, 2014
    What IS the noise/heat difference? Just curious. I remember reading an article on the velociraptor 10k drives back in the day on like techreport or something and it was noticeable. But a 5400 vs 7200 ? Don't think I've seen one.
  3. rhexis

    rhexis Gawd

    Jul 25, 2005
    the 3 toshiba drives ive purchased from microcenter all crapped out within a few months. they are cheap for a reason.
  4. UrielDagda

    UrielDagda 2[H]4U

    Nov 16, 2004
    I bought 3 from Newegg in 2013 and they're still running great after 23,500 hours powered on.
  5. Kaitian

    Kaitian [H]ardness Supreme

    Aug 12, 2008
    Speaking of hard drives, I'm at work and fucking around with the servers which I'm popping out the hard drives and looking at their sizes. Then I pop out this hard drive and it says "3.2 TB .... SSD". I'm like "What?" and there's 4 of them installed. Turns out these bad boys goes for over 6 grand a piece. Point I'm making is that we still got a long ways to go for SSD prices to get that low. Because goddamn that's just ridiculous. I know the thread is on mechanical hard drives.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017
  6. blackacidevil

    blackacidevil Gawd

    Oct 1, 2004
    You should have said there were only 2 when the other 2 *mysteriously* disappear, your post could have been an alibi backing up your claim there were only 2, not 4.
  7. Master_shake_

    Master_shake_ [H]ardForum Junkie

    Apr 9, 2012
    i've had a terrible experience with toshiba drives.

    i had one DOA out of 25.

    can you believe that?
  8. Ryokurin

    Ryokurin [H]ardForum Junkie

    Aug 14, 2001
    If you used them in a NAS enclosure, they aren't built for that as they tend to run hot. Being fair, that line even when it used to be HGST was never recommended for that type of use. Normal computer use however they've been perfectly fine for me. They largely became by goto once Samsung got out of the business. I'm just hoping that since they'll likely have to sell/spin off the business the new company keeps the line going.