Fujitsu has announced a world-record 320GB, 7200rpm 2.5-inch laptop hard disk, the MHZ2 BJ, to be available this June.
If you need the latest and greatest, or are simply running out of space on your current laptop HD and want one that works fast (very, very fast), this is the drive for you. The specs: 10.5 ms read and 12.5 ms write seek times, a 16MB cache, 2.3 W power consumption, and a 25 dB idle noise level.
That’s a lot of storage to fit into such a tiny drive running at these kinds of speeds. Hardware manufacturers are really pushing the limits of these devices, and laptops are quickly catching up to desktops in terms of speed and storage capacity. Advances such as Fujitsu’s new drive show why laptops are quickly beginning to outsell desktops. Hopefully we’ll see all of the major hard drive manufacturer’s follow suit, or even try to beat the new record. [via Engadget]
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Samsung has announced that it is shipping a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive and a fast 22X DVD burner.
The Spinpoint M6, the world’s smallet 500GB HD, is 9.5mm tall, meaning that it will fit into most laptop hard drive bays. The drive boasts a 5400rpm spindle speed, 8MB cache, and a 3.0Gbps SATA interface. Fairly average specs, but if you’re having issues fitting all of your music and movies onto your laptop HD, then this is the drive for you.
Samsung’s other offering is the SH-S223 DVD burner capable of burning data at high speeds, even on low-speed discs. The drive is capable of 22X DVD±R recording, 16X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 12X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 12X DVD-RAM recording, 8X DVD+RW recording, and 6X DVD-RW recording. Those speeds mean that a regular DVD±R disc can be burned in about 4.5 minutes, with all of the other formats taking a shorter amount of time than average as well.
If you absolutely have to have the latest and greatest, then both of these drives are for you (assuming you have both a desktop and laptop). Otherwise, it will probably be a good idea to hold off for a while as the drives will be fairly expensive. The Spinpoint M6 will retail for $299, with no price set for the SH-S223.
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Sony has unveiled a new technology that promises to greatly increase hard drive capacities, even in laptops. Instead of a traditional magnetic read/write head, Sony’s new drives will use a hybrid of magnetic and optical technology allowing for a much greater density of data on the disk.
Much of the hard drive will remain the same. The most significant change is that data will now be written to the disk using a laser. Lasers are much more precise than magnetic heads, allowing them to squeeze many more bits into a given area – 5 times more, Sony claims.
This development will result in some huge hard drive sizes. A 320GB drive today would turn into a 1.6TB drive using the new technology while the size and other factors remain the same. Sony’s development will be a relief to laptop users who are already running out of room on their hard drives. There is no timetable for release set as of now, but we hope Sony pushes this technology out soon. We’d love to see terabyte hard drives in our laptops.
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Posted in Computers
by Alex on January 30th, 2008
Western Digital (WD) has introduced its new line of My Passport Essential portable hard drives today. The new models are small but still pack a big punch in terms of storage space.
The hard drives weigh in at a paltry 5 ounces and are powered through the USB bus instead of an external power adapter, making these drives ideal on the go.
“The newly designed My Passport Essential drives are the perfect travel-friendly storage device to hold the rich media content generated by higher resolution photos and HD videos and music,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products group.
The drives are available in some stores now, starting at around $180.
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