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Toshiba Announces Largest Capacity Automotive-Grade Hard Drive in the World

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The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., announces the world's largest capacity automotive-grade hard disk drive (HDD), the Toshiba MQ01AAD032C 320 GB SATA automotive HDD. As part of the Toshiba MQ01AADxxxC series, the MQ01AAD032C drive addresses the auto industry demand for higher capacity HDDs, which allows for improved in-vehicle user experience, as well as facilitates a growing range of on-board technological applications and functions.

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shouldn't they be using SSD types of hard drive instead?
 
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My Jeep has a hard drive in it. It's slow as heck and can here it wind up. For the price that we pay for new vehicles I don't see why they can't come with SSD's.
 
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Yeah, if you pay 15.000 EUR for a car, surely they could slug in a 256GB SSD drive in it that wouldn't really reflect in a price. But i bet they'll charge it as premium where you'll pay insane amounts for just a regular SSD. Because it's so special and shock proof. Heh...
 
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Pointless. Price per GB reaches that of SSDs, which are more reliable, especially in a car.
 
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But why do you need such a big capacity for a car HDD ?????
 
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But why do you need such a big capacity for a car HDD ?????
Software for the car, Users personal files loaded into the in dash entertainment system, and the Nav system. Map data files get HUGE and often have more stuff pre-loaded into them as well as other accompanying data specifically for the type of vehicle.

I do agree that SSD drives are best they can stand more abuse and if you wreck the HDD is toast while an SSD might live thru it.
 

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and it doesnt need to be superfast SSDs, just SSDs with chips that do 100mbps should be enough for the car.
 
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Ridiculous yes, should be using ssds
 

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OMG just plug in ya ipod or Sony Walkman or what ever you use as one thing for sure it be a hell load cheaper i bet.
 

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Nice, now can new BMW 7 series and Rolls Royce phantom cars come with a hard drive bigger than 40GB? LOL. I wonder why it's only 320GB and not 500GB, single platter, like other new mobile drives. Higher areal density=lower reliability?

These hard drives should last forever. probably. Slow spindle speed, wide temperature range. The computer probably has the drive spun down most of the time that the car is on anyway, like a 160GB ipod, caching 10 songs then spinning down, spin up for 10 seconds to cache more data, then spin down. Of course when you are using navigation is may be on a higher % of time.

SSDs? Yeah i totally agree. A reputable, well designed SSD will definitely ultimately last longer than the hard drive. But the mechanical hard drive very well could last the life of the car.
My main concern with the mechanical drive is the air filter getting dirty and other reasons for it to develop bad sectors, which it possibly may not auto remap, and the car probably doesn't have a write based surface test diagnostic operation to clear those pesky pending bad sectors!
 
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Are there SSDs rated for the temperature required here though? -30°C to 85°C?
 
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Are there SSDs rated for the temperature required here though? -30°C to 85°C?
There are industrial/enterprise SSD's that can do that. Google brought me to this company, which has -40 to 85 C.
 

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There are industrial/enterprise SSD's that can do that. Google brought me to this company, which has -40 to 85 C.
Just checked out some prices, for an Industrial grade drive that can handle the temps required a 16GB SSD would cost $170. So to everyone asking why they don't just use SSDs, there is your answer. At over $10/GB, a 320GB SSD that meets the requirements would cost over $3,000.
 
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Ouch! Links please...
 

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Actually, if you look around, you could find a 128GB Industrial (-40°C - 85°C) SSD for about $250...

Besides, if it's supposed to be standard equipment, car manufacturers will order it in volume (at least 10k units per production run), so I don't think they'd pay the end-user price for it...