Notebook drives rocket to 300GB

Notebook drives rocket to 300GB

Summary: Just when you thought that a 200GB notebook hard drive was enough, along comes a larger 300GB drive that shatters the former ceiling by 50 percent.

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Fujitsu MHX2300BT 300GBJust when you thought that a 200GB notebook hard drive was enough, along comes a larger 300GB drive that shatters the former ceiling by 50 percent.

The Fujitsu MHX2300BT is a 300GB 2.5-inch notebook HDD that was announced in December 2006 and was slated to ship in "late February 2007" but I've also heard Q1 2007. Since the first date is already behind us and the quarter only has two weeks left, your editor is hot on the trail of this sweet little spinner.

The Fujitsu MHX2300BT is a 300GB SATA drive spinning at 4200RPM in a 2.5-inch (notebook) form-factor. The MHX2300BT marks the commercial introduction of second generation of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology. It gets its massive capacity from three 100GB platters per disk for a total of 300GB per drive. Power consumption is 0.5 watt at idle and 0.13 watt at standby and the idle acoustic noise level is 2.1 decibels.

Features 

Storage capacity MHX2250BT: 250GB
MHX2300BT: 300GB
Rotational Speed 4,200 rpm
Average seek time 12 ms
Interface ATA-8, Serial ATA-2.5 (1.5Gbps)
Buffer size 8 M

Forget those teeny Solid State Drives (SSDs) I'll take on of these bad boys any day!

If you have information on where someone can purchase one of these elusive drives, post it in the comments. 

Update: For more information on The Storage Explosion check out Bill Burnham's article by the same name, it's a good read:

In 1991 a megabyte of storage cost about $7.00, now it costs $0.000527. That’s a 13,274X price improvement or a 99.9925% price drop in 15 years. Not too shabby.

Topic: Laptops

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