by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Surveillance & Video HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that it would be expanding its consumer HDD line up with new surveillance and video streaming drives, the S300 and V300. The S300 comes in capacities up to 10TB and offers support for up to 64 HD camera streams, making it an ideal choice for surveillance. For home streaming, the V300 comes with capacities up to 3TB and is also well suited for video recording.

Toshiba has been increasing its offerings of consumer storage recently with drives for PC, laptop, gaming, and NAS devices. The company rounded off consumer coverage with today’s announcement of surveillance and video streaming. In an effort to simplify the branding, Toshiba introduced new color branding for the different categories. This makes the drives easy to identify in a glance and helps consumers pick the drive they need for their given use case. The new S300 is green and the new V300 is blue.

Designed specifically for surveillance, the new S300 comes with a cache up to 256MB and 7,200 rpm to deliver performance up to 248MB/s. For surveillance needs, the S300 offers 24/7 reliability and comes with built-in RV sensors to help suppress vibrations in multi hard drive platforms. As stated, the S300 comes in capacities up to 10TB and support workloads up to 180TB/year. The new HDD supports surveillance network video recorders (sNVR), surveillance digital video recorders (sDVR), hybrid sDVR(analog and IP) and RAID storage arrays for surveillance.

There has been an increase in home video recording and playback in recent years, and Toshiba is offering the new V300 to tackle those needs specifically. The drive has a low spin design offering a quiet operation and lower energy consumption. The V300 is available in capacities up to 3TB and supports video editing systems, set-top-box (STB), digital video recorders (DVR) and network video recorders (NVR).

Availability and Pricing

Both the S300 and V300 are expected to be available this month. The V300 comes in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities for a MSRP of $49.99, $69.99, and $89.99 respectively. The S300 comes in capacities of 4TB, 5TB, 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB capacities with MSRP of $119.99, $149.99, $189.99, $249.99, and $349.99 respectively. 

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