Toshiba has announced the release of 18TB MG09 series hard drives. These drives are designed for network attached storage (NAS). The containment area filled with helium contains nine plates. The drives use conventional magnetic recording (CMR) and local energy impact on the media using a microwave field – proprietary Flux Control Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FC-MAMR) technology, which made it possible to increase the recording density.
The 3.5-inch drive has a SATA 6Gb / s interface and 512MB of buffer. The spindle speed is 7200 rpm and the data transfer rate is 268 MB / s. The nominal workload is 180 TB per year. The drives can be used 24/7 by plugging them into NAS with up to eight drive bays. MTBF is claimed to be 1.2 million hours. Drives are already available. The manufacturer does not name the price.