Toshiba AL13SE 10,000 RPM-Class Enterprise HDD is made in the Philippines

Published on July 13th, 2012

Toshiba has recently announced its AL13SE series HDD, a 2.5-inch 6Gb/s SAS interfaced hard drive that features enterprise-class performance with speeds of up to 10,000 RPM and storage capacity ranging from 300GB to 900GB. This is not the first 10,000 RPM hard drive I saw, there is the WD Velociraptor 1TB HDD that also features speeds of up to 10,000 RPM. But this is the first hard drive I saw that is made in the Philippines!

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Usually we see hard drives made in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan or other parts of the world. But this is the first time I see an enterprise-class hard drive (not just your typical hard drive) that is made in the Philippines. I haven’t heard of any Toshiba factory in the Philippines yet.

Anyway, moving on, the Toshiba AL13SE hard drive is the first 10,000 RPM class model enterprise drive to achieve 900GB capacity and it is also the first 10,000 RPM drive to features a dual-stage head positioning actuator that dramatically improved its performance including a 32% increase in sustained transfer rate.

The Toshiba AL12SE is designed for the most demanding mission-critical applications. It features an operating reliability rating of 2,000,000 power-on hours. It also makes use of the industry-standard 512 byte sector size to insure system compatibility.

The Toshiba AL12SE series consist of four models, the AL12SEB900 that has 900GB capacity, AL13SEB600 600GB, AL12SEB450 450GB and AL12SEB300 with 300GB of capacity. All of the models features 10,500 RPM rotation speed and 3.7ms of Read seek time and 4.1ms of write seek time.

According to Joel Hagberg, Vice President of marketing at Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit: “The AL13SE Series provides enterprise customers with capacities up to 900GB that support a broad range of enterprise applications,” he further added; “The increased performance and reliability of the AL13SE reflect our collaboration with our key partners to deliver small form-factor hard disk drives that address market requirements for mission-critical storage.” See complete specifications below.

Toshiba AL13SE Specifications

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