New Toshiba HDD Withstands Extreme Temperatures, Can Be Used 24/7

Toshiba announced [PDF] the MK1060GSCX today, a 2.5-inch SATA type HDD with 100GB capacity that’s designed for use in “rugged operating environments”. The company says the hard drive can be used 24 hours a day in computing, industrial and other non-conventional environments (i.e. in ATMs, ruggedized computers, factories etc.).

The device boasts a “case temperature” range of -15 to +70 degrees Celsius, which is the world’s highest for a hard drive. According to Toshiba, the MK1060GSCX also offers an expanded operating altitude range and better resistance to vibration and shocks. It features 12ms seek time and spins at 4,200 rpm.

Toshiba says the new hard drive, along with another model featuring 80GB capacity and 16ms seek time, will begin mass production next month (no word yet on pricing).