Samsung Claims Highest Capacity 7200RPM Notebook HDD

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 9 2010 10:32 AM
Unless you're willing to invest in a full-blown desktop replacement, computing on the go has often meant sacrificing performance and capacity, all in the name of mobility. While that's still the case, Samsung has narrowed the divide by introducing their new Spinpoint MP4 2.5-inch internal hard drive.

The MP4 delivers 640GB of storage spread across just two platters, making it the highest-density, 2.5-inch drive around. Combined with a 7200RPM rotation speed, 16MB of cache, and improved caching algorithms, Samsung says you can expect up to a 30 percent performance boost over 5400RPM drives.



"Demonstrating Samsung's industry leadership in delivering advanced and high performing storage solutions, the Spinpoint MP4 offers the biggest capacity what has previously been offered as an option for advanced data storage," said H.S. Lee, vice president, storage and marketing, Samsung Electronics. "The large capacity and productivity improvements in the MP4 drive make it an optimal solution for our notebook PC and slim-desktop customers."

The features don't end there, however. Samsung's MP4 boasts external USB 3.0 support, NCQ, an optional Free Fall sensor, and a decrease in power consumption by 34 percent during read/write operations when compared to the MP2.

Samsung will start shipping the MP4 to OEMs later this month.
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 9 2010 11:55 AM

Completely off-topic, but: I absolutely love the way hard drives are always pictured disassembled by manufacturers (as if it means anything).

I have a theory that they are trying to trick naive people into voiding their warranty and buying another drive.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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3vi1....you're right, that comment was COMPLETELY off-topc. Smile

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 9 2010 2:03 PM

Except that it was the picture in the article that made me think: "Wow, if anyone looks at their drive and it actually looks like that, they're screwed!" Haha

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JoelB replied on Fri, Apr 9 2010 3:19 PM

Wasn't there a desktop drive that was out a while ago that actually had a plexiglass top to it? Not that you'd be able to see it stuffed away in a drive bay, but still...

I'd think that having a high density alone would help with performance, let alone being 7,200 rpm.

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LOL so whats the use of the plexiglass? so you can see it not move before you plug it in for use? :D.

I would wait to get a SSD instead :P lol

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RyuGTX replied on Fri, Apr 9 2010 4:51 PM

JoelB:

Wasn't there a desktop drive that was out a while ago that actually had a plexiglass top to it? Not that you'd be able to see it stuffed away in a drive bay, but still...

I'd think that having a high density alone would help with performance, let alone being 7,200 rpm.

 

Yes there was. It was the Western Digital Raptor X.

 

Kinda pointless in pretty much every case. I believe there were some special cases that would mount this against the side window so you can actually see the drive's platters and heads moving. I want to say Thermaltake made a case like that but I'm not sure.

 

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JoelB:
Wasn't there a desktop drive that was out a while ago that actually had a plexiglass top to it?

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JoelB replied on Fri, Apr 9 2010 5:19 PM

Hah, nice. I only remembered seeing a picture of it, not a video. Sad thing is, a decent SSD would probably blow it out of the water performance wise.

So what's next, an SSD with a clear plastic case? That could actually look kind of neat, I would think... if visible through a window in the case.

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Once again Samsung :D

I am sure Western Digital or Seagate will be right behind this one!

Maybe Samsung should stop trying to sell the hype of Large and Fast. And concern themselves with more things like durability and endurance.

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Kyouya replied on Sat, Apr 10 2010 3:02 AM

Samsung has this habit of being "The first" on something. This is not the first time they have done this. Think of the countless time they have done in regards to technology....it will surprise you.

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I might have to consider this for my PS3.  It has a 200GB hard drive in it right now but I'm slowly filling that up so I might need to replace it with this :)

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 11 2010 3:45 AM

JoelB:

So what's next, an SSD with a clear plastic case? That could actually look kind of neat, I would think... if visible through a window in the case.

Actually, you can probably mold your own clear plastic case and put your SSD case in it. Then you can show it to your friends and brag about how you have a clear plastic case SSD.

 

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