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Toshiba's newest hard drive is designed for 24/7 rugged use

Joanna Stern

It doesn't look like Toshiba's going to put an end to its awkward hard drive naming convention anytime soon, but at least we can call the new MK1060GSCX the "24/7 durable one." The 100GB, 2.5-inch SATA HDD is designed for "rugged operating environments" and continuous 24-hour operation. Obviously, Tosh has put this guy through the ringer -- it claims that the drive can withstand -15 to +70 degrees Celsius as well as operate at expanded altitudes. The sacrifice you make for that, however, is in speed -- the 4,200rpm drive has a 12msec seek time and 1.5Gbit/s interface speed. Of course, if you're looking for something faster -- one of Intel's latest X25-M SSDs would run circles around that. Toshiba will also offer an even smaller 80GB MK8050GACY version with a PATA interface. No word on pricing, but Toshiba expects the new drives to hit sometime in December -- hit the break for the full spec breakdown and press release.

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2.5-inch Hard Disk Drives Deliver Reliable Data Storage for 24/7 Operations in the Toughest Environments Including Ruggedized PCs and Industrial Equipment

IRVINE, Calif., November 15, 2010 – Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced two new 2.5-inch HDD models designed for rugged 24-hour continuous operation in computing, industrial, and other extreme environments. The new models – the 100GB1 SATA interface MK1060GSCX and the 80GB1 PATA interface MK8050GACY – offer exceptional reliability and performance across wide temperature, altitude, and vibration ranges, making them excellent choices for use in industrial equipment such as ATMs, digital surveillance, factory automation, and ruggedized PCs.

Designed for extended periods of operation, the MK1060GSCX and MK8050GACY feature a "case temperature" range of -15 to +70 degrees Celsius2 – the widest temperature range for 24/7* power-on operation in the HDD market. Both drives also have an expanded operating altitude range and offer better resistance to vibration when compared to standard HDD models.

"The reliability and performance of today's hard disk drives continue to expand the applications for digital storage technologies beyond traditional markets," said Scott Wright, Product Manager, Toshiba Storage Device Division. "These new models provide both the extended operating range for commercial applications as well as a longer model production window to better fit commercial design and business cycles."

The two new models build upon Toshiba's long-standing design expertise in automotive- grade HDD technology, a market in which Toshiba has held 75 percent market share since 2003. In addition, as part of Toshiba's commitment to the environment, the MK1060GSCX is halogen free and both drives are compliant with the European Union's Directive on the Restriction of the

Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS). The MK1060GSCX and MK8050GACY will begin volume production in December 2010. For more information on Toshiba's line of industry-leading mobile and enterprise-class, small form factor hard drives, visit

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