Toshiba Launches New Line of NAS-Ready HDDs
Toshiba has announced a new line of NAS-ready HDDs, the N300 series, which will come in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB versions and have been engineered with high reliability in mind. As such, the N300s are guaranteed one million hours of operation (with a 180TB annual workload) and come with a three-year warranty. When exactly the new HDDs will ship is unknown, as is the price.
The N300 series, irrespective of which version, spins at 7400RPM has a SATA interface that transfers at 6Gb/s and comes with a DRAM cache of 128GB, building a decent, if not great, redundancy. Latency for the 8TB model is 4.17ms — there are no such figures for the other two — and each drive has two spindles attached to it to reduce the vibrations caused by other hard disks while sitting in an eight-bay rack.
There are, however, also some differences between the three models, especially when it comes to data transfer speed and power draw. The 8TB model performs best here, transferring at 240MB/s and drawing 9.2W when active and 6.2W when idle. The 6TB N300 has a transfer speed of 210MB/s and draws 10.1W when active, 6.7W when idle. The 4TB variant transfers at 200MB/s but its power needs are also less again than the 6TB variant, at 9.6W when active and 5.2W when not in use.
Though owning and operating a NAS isn’t for everyone, home users will likely be happy to know that it looks like Toshiba will be pricing the N300 series in line with other consumer-grade HDDs, meaning that filling up an eight-bay rack isn’t going to break the bank entirely. Chances are that Toshiba will be pricing the N300 series in line with its consumer line of products, meaning that a decent NAS setup should be in anyone’s reach.
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