Data packrats strike Gold with WD

Subject: Storage | December 14, 2017 - 04:43 PM |
Tagged: western digital, wd gold, hdd, 12TB

The 12TB WD Gold is not quite as impressive as Toshiba's 14TB drive but it should be more affordable for consumers with specific needs or for SMBs.  Like the Toshiba drive it uses PMR as opposed to a shingled design, which again helps keep the drive's price under $600 and in the price range Ryan would like to see SSDs reach.  The drive is rated at 2.5 million hours MTBF and as far as performance, Kitguru saw 245.58MB/s for writes and 237.01MB/s reads.  This is not a drive for most, but for those with huge amounts of data who need to be able to move it frequently and at decent speeds, this review is worth looking at.

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"Western Digital’s Gold range of hard drives have been designed to service nearline enterprise environments and as such they have a range of sensors and technologies onboard to help them maintain peak performance in such environments."

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Source: Kitguru

December 15, 2017 | 12:06 AM - Posted by FixitFrank (not verified)

Toshiba 16TB? All I see is a 12TB and 14TB capacity drives in that family?

December 15, 2017 | 01:39 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

damn fingers inventing new capacities apparently.  Fixing that!

December 15, 2017 | 12:04 PM - Posted by CB

Wow, those are some freaking fast sequentials for a magnetic drive.

December 15, 2017 | 12:39 PM - Posted by FullerSpecificationsSVP (not verified)

The article linked to states these(1) specifications but what is the optimal sector size that can be managed by this drive's hardware, 512bytes, 1k, 2k, 4k? And 8 platters means 16 heads. I actually want to know the amount of usable storage accessable under the 16 R/W heads without the R/W head assembly having to be stepped to another track. And that Optimal sector size that the hardware can manage info comes in handy for some programmers/developers to Know. Those freaking fast sequentials are nicer if any multiple of drives are in a RAID 0 configuration.

I really like links to the manufacturers data sheets on the first page of the article. And damn I hate thoes multi-page(tiny pages of readable content) Load more ads types of articles on Kitguru/other websites when the individual pages take so long to load because the page is so choked with ads.


Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 12TB
Spindle Speed: 7,200rpm
No. Of Heads: 16
No. Of Platters: 8
Cache: 256MB
Recording Method: Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR)
Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Form Factor: 3.5in
Dimensions: 147 x 101.6 x 26.1mm
Drive Weight: 660g

Firmware Version: 01.01H01"

See: Kitguru link above.

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