Seagate packs 2 TB of storage into 7 mm-thick laptop hard drive
When it comes to data storage capacity,too much is never enough. But Seagate is doing its best to sate people'scraving for gigabytes on the go by announcing the world's highest capacity2.5-inch hard drive. Equaling the 2 TB capacity of the Samsung Spinpoint M9Tthat the company unveiled back in 2013, the new drive is 2.5 mm thinner than that unit, stretchingthe calipers to just 7 mm.
Weighing in at 90 g (3.17 oz), the newdrive is 25 percent lighter than Seagate's previous generation mobile harddrives and is aimed at ever-thinner mobile devices and laptops with ever-increasing storage demands. Packing two 1 TB platters, Seagate credits theincorporation of head, media, preamp and channel recording-subsystem componentsfor the drive's impressive areal density.
The company says high spatial efficiency ofthe platters also results in a quiet, robust drive that can handle the intenseshock and vibrations that mobile devices inevitably deliver, while freeing upspace for other device components, such as bigger batteries, more memory orsimply better air circulation.
Despite the performance advantages of solidstate drives (SSDs), platter-based HDDs continue to hold their ground thankslargely to their lower cost. However, as it has with its Momentus XT hybriddrives, Seagate says it may look to combine the cost advantages of this new platter-based drive with the performance advantages of NAND flash memory in a hybrid model.
Seagate hasn't announced technical specs, pricing or a releasedate for the new drive, which will be targeted atoriginal equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – initially, at least.