The X300 is Toshiba’s (at the time of writing) flagship consumer mechanical drive range offering the fastest performing and some of the largest capacity HDD’s the company offers. Although the X300 6TB is the largest drive in the consumer range, Toshiba do have an 8TB drive in the N300 range, aimed at NAS users.
Toshiba’s X300 has all the leading technologies that are part and parcel of a modern hard drive’s feature list, especially for a flagship consumer range like the X300; Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), Tunnel Magneto-Resistive recording technology (TMR), Halogen Free and Advanced Format technology.
Along with these are an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technologies, both of which are designed to physically protect data by preventing the drive slider/read head from contacting the disc surface.
The X300 series also feature dual-stage actuator’s which are a must have with todays very high areal density platters (discs). There’s always a risk with denser and denser platters that vibration, any vibration, may cause the read/write heads to misalign while tracking the data. Dual-stage actuator’s help prevent this from happening by being able to position the heads much more accurately in the center of a data track.
The drive is very quiet in operation even when it was being pushed hard in some of the benchmarks. Quoted power consumption for the X300 across the range is 11.3W typical Read/Writes modes and 6W in low power idle mode.
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- Overall performance.
- Internal shock sensor.
- Dual-stage actuator.
- Only a 2-year warranty.
Kitguru says: Toshiba’s X300 improves on the P300 both in terms of capacity and performance and is a very competitively priced high-end 6TB drive.