Could a 900GB, 10,000rpm 2.5-inch hard drive be available soon?

Could a 900GB, 10,000rpm 2.5-inch hard drive be available soon?

Summary: High-speed, high-capacity 2.5-inch drives (the ones mainly used in laptops) are few and far between.

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High-speed, high-capacity 2.5-inch drives (the ones mainly used in laptops) are few and far between. Most large-capacity laptop drives run at 5,400rpm or 7,200rpm, and while you can get super-speedy Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 2.5-inch drives, they usually come in capacities lower than 250GB. But according to the road map of storage distributor Compellent, faster drives with plenty of room may soon be on the way.

Though no manufacturer is named, the road map lists a 900GB, 10,000rpm 2.5-inch drive that will be available in an unspecified near future. For extreme speed freaks, there's also a listing for a 300GB, 15,000rpm drive. It's unclear if these would be SAS drives, or SATA-based, and there's no mention of pricing.

While such drives may be designed for the enterprise, we all know that such high-performance parts will move to the enthusiast market for those demanding the fastest of everything. You'll no doubt pay a premium when and if these drives become available, but they may give notebook hard drives a little more juice as fast, but pricey solid state drives continue to grow in popularity.

[The Register via Engadget]

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  • Why not?

    I don't trust SSDs at the moment, especially when they use MLC technology and TRIM band aids.

    Yes mechanical drives have been know to fail but they've been around for many years and I'd just as soon stick with them for the time being. Until SSD migrates to SLC flash memory or beyond...
    ubiquitous one
    • RE: Could a 900GB, 10,000rpm 2.5-inch hard drive be available soon?

      @windoze_washer I totally agree I have seen latency issues with SSD's, and have had to replace them with IDE drives. What I have noticed though is that the SSD's that have had issues there was only 1 controller on the board, where the newer ones I have received have 2 controller boards.

      SSD's are still way more costly than IDE's..
      dwightr@...
    • SSD is not all bad...

      @dwightr @windoze... I love the capacity and speed, my only concern with these drives is what will the power drain be... what use is 1/1.5hr battery life on a laptop?

      I have been using an SSD based laptop for over a year now whilst travelling the world... It has been solid and reliable and I have seen no issues with latency, the battery life is an impressive 4-5hrs on XP! (Ok ultimate power was not the main factor in my choice, but the machine is no netbook!)

      It has been banged, dropped a number of times, soaked, lived for 6months in a high level fine dust atmosphere (which killed the fan - the only moving part), is taped up with cracks in the casing and other damage BUT The SDD drive has performed without a glitch and still runs where a traditional 2.5 would have probably had serious trouble if not died completely.

      There is a lot to be said for SSD in reliabilty, yes if you want a power machine that will never leave the desk, you might have an argument, but for a true portable laptop that will see some life in the field, SSD has to be the way forward!
      Rauvin