Seagate, which purchased Samsung's HDD division in 2011, has begun shipping the world's thinnest 2 TB hard drive. The Samsung Spinpoint M9T, which comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, measures 9.5 mm thick, giving notebooks a bit more storage space.
While not as thin as Seagate's Momentus Thin and Laptop Ultrathin HDDs that are just 7 mm thick, both those drives top out 500 GB, while most 2 TB HDDs on the market stretch the calipers at 15 mm. The Spinpoint M9T's thickness makes it compatible with the 9.5 mm standard used by the majority of laptops.
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The drive includes a SATA 6 Gb/s interface and boasts an average seek time of 12 ms and maximum data transfer rate of 600 MB/s. A 1.5 TB capacity model is also available. However, because the drive is currently sold directly to original equipment manufacturers, pricing details aren’t available.