Toshiba introduces 1TB 12.5mm and 750GB 9.5mm 2.5-inch laptop hard drives

Toshiba introduces 1TB 12.5mm and 750GB 9.5mm 2.5-inch laptop hard drives

Summary: I remember when I had a laptop with a 100 megabyte hard drive, though that was well before you could fill that amount up with a couple of albums' worth of MP3 files. Now, we're hitting the terabyte milepost for notebook hard drives with one of Toshiba's new 2.

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I remember when I had a laptop with a 100 megabyte hard drive, though that was well before you could fill that amount up with a couple of albums' worth of MP3 files. Now, we're hitting the terabyte milepost for notebook hard drives with one of Toshiba's new 2.5-inch units.

The MKxx59GSM series comprises 750GB and 1TB capacities in a three-platter, 12.5mm-high package that works well in situations where massive storage is more important than svelte form factors. More impressively, Toshiba has managed to cram 750GB into a two-platter, 9.5mm-high drive (the MK7559GSXP) that the company says offers the market's highest areal density. It also uses 14 percent less energy than its 640GB predecessor. Unfortunately like most other laptop hard drives, they're all 5,400rpm models that don't make use of SATA 3.0, but you can't have everything.

Nonetheless, laptop vendors will no doubt be introducing these new drives in their higher-end models in the coming months. Then we can ignore laptop drives again until someone squeezes 1.5TB into one.

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Laptops, Toshiba

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  • Buyer beware.

    Toshiba does not honor its warranty agreements. If they sell you damaged crap, that's your problem, not theirs. I have a brand new $700 Toshiba 'door stop' that's for sale cheap.
    ITOdeed
    • Thanks for the warning

      Toshiba used to make good drives, now I keep reading really bad reviews
      of their products.
      yobtaf
      • Toshiba Hardware

        I haven't had any higher-than-normal problems with Toshiba hard drives but their laptops come in to me for repair at an alarming rate. Too bad I didn't know this years ago when I bought one and eventually gave up on it after the third motherboard replacement.
        pj_mouse