Western Digital Expands HDD Lineup with 12TB Model

by Alexander Knapp

Media hoarders rejoice: Western Digital has unveiled its greatest capacity drive yet – 12TB. Intended for Big Data workloads, the drives offer “a no-compromise storage solution that modern day IT managers need.” Clocking in at 2.5 million hours of mean time between failures (MTBF), built for 24/7/365 operation, and offering a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, WD’s Gold drives offer enterprise-class reliability for corporations or extremely dedicated consumers with an NAS or RAID array.

 

To ensure protection of critical data, the Gold series makes use of Western Digital’s HelioSeal technology, allowing for “higher capacities… less turbulence on large storage arrays… and power efficiency.” This reliability comes at a cost: the 12TB model weighs in at $521.99 USD, with the lesser 256MB cache 8TB model offered for roughly 200 dollars less. Smaller capacity drives are also available for as low as $81.99 for 1TB.

More information including detailed specifications and workload ratings can be found on Western Digital’s product page.

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