Toshiba has announced the world’s largest conventional magnetic hard drive. The Toshiba’s MG07ACA enterprise 3½” series comes in at 14TB and features nine disk platters in a helium-filled sealed unit. Toshiba also has a 12TB model with 8 platters.

  • 14TB and 12TB capacity models
  • Innovative 9-disk helium-sealed design for superior storage density
  • Industry Standard 3.5-inch 26.1 mm Form Factor
  • 7,200 rpm Performance
  • SATA 6.0 Gbit/s Interface
  • 256 MB cache
  • MTBF 2.5 million hours
  • Low operational power profile, providing excellent power efficiency (W/TB) for better TCO
  • 550 Total TB Transferred per Year Workload Rating
  • 512e or 4Kn Advanced Format Sector Technology; (512e Model) Includes  Toshiba Persistent Write Cache Technology for Data-Loss Protection in Sudden Power-Loss Events

Archives and large scale storage servers will likely want these by the pallet.  The disks use a standard SATA III interface so they are drop ins for most server chassis.

Large scale disks reduce the number of racks needed for a 5PB system. Now with 14TB disks, it possible to envision 10PB and even 25PB systems.