Skip to main content

Need maximum storage? Transcend’s new 8TB external hard drive is for you

transcend exceeds storage expectations with 8tb external hard drive shutterstock 134428790
zentilia / Shutterstock
Transcend has revealed an 8TB StoreJet 35T3 external hard drive which, according to Tom’s Hardware, is scheduled to retail for $409. The USB 3.0 HDD offers new recording technology and the lowest price-per-GB on the market.

Presently, only two 8TB HDDs exist on the market — the Seagate Active Archive HDD and the HGST Ultrastar He8. A close look at the pricing reveals that the StoreJet 5T3 actually contains the Seagate Archive HDD within the confinements of its enclosure.

The Transcend StoreJet allows for transfer speeds of up to 200 MBps, in comparison to the 190 MBps its employed Seagate Archive HDD is specified to exhibit alone. Thanks to SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording), the StoreJet is also able to boost its capacity by layering data tracks intimately on top of one another. That’s in contrast to the standard PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) in which data tracks are separated by negative space.

Unfortunately, SMR drives don’t play well with random write data, which hinders the StoreJet’s potential as a means of extra storage for casual desktop users. As a result of this same setback, the Seagate Archive HDD is often dismissed as a backup/archival unit given its reputation for being a “cheap and deep” storage solution at only 3 cents-per-gigabyte, an industry-low in the internal hard drive space.

The StoreJet’s enclosure, a distinguishing feature of the rig, introduces a One Touch auto-backup button to instantly backup user data, made possible by the complimentary Transcend Elite data management software. And, to help secure that data, the StoreJet also boasts AES-256 file and folder encryption.

Transcend’s StoreJet is accompanied by a three-year warranty, similar to the enclosed Seagate Active Archive, and notably an entire year longer than that of most desktop hard drives. In an unfavorable competition for Transcend, it should be noted that Seagate offers its own 8TB external hard drive for only $250.

Fortunately, for consumers who don’t need quite as much space to work with, Transcend will also be releasing 3 and 4TB variants sporting the same enclosure. Those models will retail at $159 and $209, respectively.

Editors' Recommendations

Gabe Carey
Former Digital Trends Contributor
A freelancer for Digital Trends, Gabe Carey has been covering the intersection of video games and technology since he was 16…
Western Digital’s new 10TB hard drive is full of helium, and you can’t have it
western digital gold hard drive helium

Western Digital announced this week that it inflated the capacity of its WD Gold hard drive line up to 25 percent by adding a new 10TB model. However, before you get too excited about adding a high-capacity hard drive covered in gold into your current system (which would look nice and shiny), this line not only focuses on performance, but power efficiency and reliability in the datacenter. They’re mostly ideal for storage arrays and high-availability servers.

“WD Gold hard drives are designed to handle workloads up to 550TB per year which is among the highest workload capability of any 3.5-inch hard drive,” the company states. “With up to 2.5 million hours MTBF, WD Gold hard drives deliver one of the highest levels of reliability and durability for yearly operation (24 x 7 x 365) within the most demanding storage environments.”

Read more
Cloud storage provider Backblaze really likes the reliability of the new 8TB drives
seagate, computing

Cloud backup and storage service provider Backblaze recently posted its hard drive stats for Q2 2016, revealing hard drive failure data generated within the quarter spanning from April through June, 2016. The report is based on data drives, not boot drives, that are deployed across the company’s data centers in quantities of 45 or more.

According to the report, the company saw an annualized failure rate of 19.81 percent with the Seagate ST4000DX000 4TB drive in a quantity of 197 units working 18,428 days. The next in line was the WD WD40EFRX 4TB drive in a quantity of 46 units working 4,186 days. This model had an annualized failure rate of 8.72 percent for that quarter.

Read more
You can now buy a 2TB solid state external drive that’s barely larger than a thumb drive
samsung portable ssd t3 2tb mainfull2

Samsung's line of external SSDs with up to 2TB of storage are available as of today.

The Samsung Portable SSD T3, successor to last year's T1, offers 2TB of storage for a staggering $850 with sizes ranging down to 250GB for $130. The USB 3.0 drive offers read speeds of up to 450 megabytes per second. We've got a full review of this drive coming up, but for now we can report an average read speed of 422MBps and a write speed of 392.6MBps.

Read more