STORAGE VENDOR Toshiba will release 3TB 3.5in hard drives it makes in plants it bought from Western Digital.
Toshiba, the distant third vendor in the storage industry, was given the chance to buy part of Western Digital's hard drive business when it wanted to appease regulatory bodies to approve its purchase of Hitachi. With some of Western Digital's plants, Toshiba is now set to launch a range of 3.5in hard drives topping out at 3TB.
Toshiba's range of 3.5in hard drives comes in 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities, with the platters rotating at 7,200RPM or 5,700RPM depending on the model series. The firm offers two models in each capacity at 7,200RPM with 64MB of cache and a SATA 3 interface, while the slower 5,700RPM units sport the same interface but have only 32MB of cache.
According to Toshiba it builds 3.5in hard disk drives using equipment it bought from Western Digital, and the specifications tally with Western Digital's Green and Black series hard drives. Unlike Western Digital, Toshiba is offering a two year warranty on its hard drives.
Traditionally Toshiba has pushed 2.5in hard drives found in laptops, and despite being one of the largest producers of flash memory, the firm has pushed ahead with its hard drive business. Although Toshiba is presently a distant third behind Seagate and Western Digital in the hard drive market, if it did the decent thing and offered three year warranties it could see its market share surge. µ