Toshiba announces dual-platter, 1TB mobile drive

Following in the footsteps of Samsung and Western Digital, the folks at Toshiba have introduced a dual-platter, 1TB mobile hard drive. Because it uses only two platters, the drive is able to conform to the 2.5", 9.5-mm form factor that guarantees compatibility with most of today’s notebooks.

The MQ01ABD has a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, 8MB of cache, a 12-ms average seek time, and a 3Gbps Serial ATA interface, so it shouldn’t break any speed records. Nevertheless, the platter density (500MB for each platter) ought to compensate for the sluggish rotational speed to some extent. Samsung’s and WD’s 1TB, dual-platter drives don’t spin their platters any quicker, for the record.

According to Toshiba, the MQ01ABD will hit mass production in the middle of this month. Alongside the 1TB model, Toshiba plans to offer 750GB, 500GB, 320GB, and 250GB variants with otherwise identical specifications.

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    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Made in Japan. Somehow, that line still means the highest quality.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    Its unfortunate that so few laptops have dual hard drive bays. An SSD for boot + apps and this for mass storage would easily cover all the bases.

      • Asbestos
      • 9 years ago

      That’s what the Intel 310 series mSATA drives are for. [url<][/url<]

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Laptops are very cramped. To fit an extra 2.5″ bay in there you need to make the dimensions bigger. The trend is thinner and sleeky laptops, until you get into 15 or 17″ territory at least. Then they bulk out in all directions.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    physical storage capacity on HDD has kinda stagnated as have the performance gains. Sad really I was hoping to have a 10 Tb HDD by now. I was also hoping that HDD gains would propel SSD gains and price drops.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      They would have if it wasn’t for that meddling Apple.

      • davidedney123
      • 9 years ago

      The only thing that’ll help with SSD price drops will be process improvements in the short term and different technologies to replace flash RAM in the long term. Also the slower pace of harddisk advancement is to be expected – outside of enthusiast circles how much demand is there for 2TB+ drives, beyond that created by marketing.

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        To add to that, the big ‘cloud push’ means less things stored locally and more stored elsewhere that is out of your hands. If I didnt have to house my music, photos, movies locally, I’d need what? 300gb? Maybe?

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