Toshiba Intros 200GB Automotive-Grade Hard Drive

Notebooks need hard drives, desktops need hard drives, but modern day vehicles need hard drives as well. Toshiba knows this better than anyone, and it knows that those paltry 32GB drives of yesteryear are no longer cutting it. In order to provide more storage space, more complex maps and more multi-media in new vehicles, the company has revealed a new automotive-grade HDD with 200GB of capacity.

The 4,200 RPM SATA MK2060GSC is the highest-capacity automotive-grade HDD available, and these drives are built to withstand intense bumps, intense heat and more abuse than a standard notebook drive. The company claims that technical benefits to systems manufacturers include a 78 percent improvement in internal transfer rates compared to equivalent products on the market, as well as a faster seek time of 12 milliseconds and extremely quiet "silent seek" operation of 23dB. It's also extremely reliable: it can withstand altitude variations of -300 to 12,000 meters during non-operating and -300 to 5,650 meters while operating, as well as operating temperatures of -30 to +85°C.  The new HDD also delivers high levels of operating shock resistance and enhanced vibration resistance.

Currently, the drive is being sampled, with commercial availability on track for Q3 2010. There will also be a 100GB unit for lower-end vehicles.
Via:  PR Newswire
Inspector 4 years ago

...There are hdd for cars O.o lol... See i learn something new every day :D. Tecnology is advanceing so fast its hard to keep up with! HH helps us with this :P

animatortom 4 years ago

Don't worry Inspector, maybe you will get a car with a hard drive in it for your next birthday with your licence:)

This is really interesting, yet why make a standard disc HD? Wouldn't they also have to act like a black box and survive damage? The discs would be easily impactable. You would figure that they would want to implement the new wave of SSD's for the future cars? At least if the car companies started making contracts with the solid drive manufacturers, it would bring the prices down dramatically for us!

Plus that would be a great PR campaign, get your New Canyonero with a new 20GB solid State Drive.

For when you go on the family outing and you wish to have a Really Solid.....State Drive :P (tax title and license may vary)

JoelB 4 years ago

You need to remember that this is the automotive industry, not the PC industry. It seems to take at least a few years for anything to get from concept to reality. I totally agree though, a SSD would be a much, much better option.

rapid1 4 years ago

I agree at least with the thinking on an SSD, but I know from an automotive manufacturers perspective two things are wrong. First the lifespan, while it may be relatively high for a computer, it is not high enough especially with the specs it needs to operate with and through, secondly the pricing level in quantity is still way to high.

Marius Malek 4 years ago

This is where it begins, folks. I hit some points earlier on how cars were being integrated more with computers, and WiFi in every automobile would be a standard within 10 years. A harddrive sort of threw me off guard though. I knew that these computers needed storage space but I imagined that it was a small solid state device.

It makes sense that with smarter technology you need more memory to compensate, but I don't think that Disc Drives are the way to go. Luxury vehicles aren't the only cars that are going to be equipped with computers. I know that Ford and Chevy have a line of full loaded pick up trucks that come with GPS Navigation and Satellite Radio. These trucks aren't going to be hitting the smooth asphalt surfaces of the city or countryside, we're talking about off roading as well and some pretty substantial bumps along the way.

Even though Toshiba promises that these hard drives have been tested vigorously against bumps and heating issues, you can't expect for that to work for millions of vehicles in all environments. Don't get me wrong I'm sure that the drive is fully capable, but we need to move onto Solid State Drives.

When you buy a new car you have plenty of package deals to deal with. Many people just go with the baseline package, but even more probably go with an upgraded version. Like the Camaro LS, SS, and 2SS. These cars need the ability to install a SSD.

Love the fact that cars are becoming smarter though. This will make vehicles smarter and more responsive to quickly changing situations on the road. I think it will also lead us to a new generation of safe driving vehicles, that can detect when the driver is disoriented or distracted and compensate accordingly. Eventually the cars will just drive themselves with minimal involvement from the driver. Of course personally I prefer a good old manual transmission, but studies show that less and less are buying 5 and 6 speed vehicles. It probably has something to do with texting/talking on the phone while driving. You can't really do that with a manual transmission.

Thanks for letting us know this Ray, I can't wait to see what technology will do for cars in 10 years.

greyad 4 years ago

marius malek i disagree with you because ssd for cars are literally useless and the prices of them are still so expensive so hd is the way to go my friend...but yea i do agree with you that ssd can withstand more torture and beating and they fail less then hd but the price of ssd and low capacity are just not worth it

until240 4 years ago

i think the 200gb hd is a bit superfluous. i know this is hh, but for the average user a simple 60gb ssd would be perfect; just enough for some music, and navi (if you don't have a double din). how much is the 200gb gonna be anyways? around $200 i presume? for that price, you can get a 60gb ssd which is faster( a huge benefit to speed up access times with slow car hardware), and who needs 200gbs in a car?!

Der Meister 4 years ago

If its a 2.5 drive that would be a sweet notebook drive... 

moethelawn 4 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]

If its a 2.5 drive that would be a sweet notebook drive... 


Except that it's a 4200rpm hard drive :P

I don't really see a need for an ssd in a car either.  Or a 200GB hd in that matter :P But some will love to put in all their music so I guess it's understandable.

There has always been a computer in your car. Now there's just a big *** hard drive added to it lol

Der Meister 4 years ago

So your transfer rate would drop by .5 of a second over a 5400rpm drive. 

chevyssbowtie 4 years ago

I didn't know there were HD in cars either, the more i read this site the more i realize i'm in the dark ages!

inspector 4 years ago

LOL chevy, you don't need to know cars had HDD to not be in the dark ages :P lol

animatortom "Don't worry Inspector, maybe you will get a car with a hard drive in it for your next birthday with your license:)"

Well seeings im going to be 16 in a few days (10 days) i don't think i will be getting a car yet :D. One i can't afford one or my parents to gift me one and i would need an adult driver next to me in order to drive it :D, i would wait for my 18th birthday before getting a car xD

animatortom 4 years ago

OK Inspector,

See I forgot that you are in New York :)

See 24 years ago when I got my license, I was in Texas. And there you can drive when you are 16 because of the farm equipment. At least you could back then, I don't know about know.

Also cars back then like that Chevy Camaro SS, did not have computers. The only electronics were the battery, alternator, coil/cap and plugs :) Now my 88' Saleen does have what is technically called a computer in it. Yet it has less computing power that most pocket calculators.

As far as the whole SSD price issue. That is what I was saying before. If the auto manufacturers began to install them in all the cars, we would immediately see an increase in production and a sharp decrease in the prices. Then all of us could get a 500GB SSD for our home computer relatively cheap, probably at the prices we now see for the standard disc drives. They could even make them interchangeable so you would be able to store all your movies and music on them. So you wouldn't have to worry about where the Spongbob DVD's are in relation to the Tinkerbelle DVD. Then the kids or the wife could just control everything from a touchpad or smartphone :)

infinityzen 4 years ago

Actually my G37 has a 32GB HDD in it. ~9.3 is available for music with the rest taken up by navigation and other systems. Most luxury cars that have come out in the last 10 years have an HDD in them, much better than the crappy DVD based navigation.

realneil 4 years ago

It may be a 200 dollar hard drive, but by the time it's got a car wrapped around it it's gonna be a 1000 dollar option.

infinityzen 4 years ago

Actually $2000 in most cases. Of course, for that you get the HDD, music storage, upgraded stereo, voice control, touch screen, blue tooth phone intergration, bla bla bla bla... Of course, some of the cheap ones still stick you with just a DVD based nav system for that money.

And just for the record, I would much rather have a 60~64GB SSD than this 200GB HDD.  Less storage but the added shock resistance and speed would be well worth it.  Hell, I wonder if I could retrofit one into my G... Mmmmmm mo'cheese...

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