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Storage specialist Seagate today introduced what it claims is the world's highest capacity hard drive for notebook computers - and its first Serial ATA unit for laptops.

Part of the company's Momentus line-up, the 2.5in, 120GB drive is nonetheless only set to spin at 5400rpm - it you want a faster unit, you'll need Seagate's 7200rpm, 100GB model. That said, the extra power consumption of the higher spin speed means it's largely a niche market, such as the blade server systems Seagate is also pitching the Momentus family at.

Seagate claims the 120GB drive consumes only as much energy as a typical 4500rpm drive. The unit can stand 900G of non-operating shock or 250G of operating shock. It is also "virtually inaudible", courtesy of Seagate's SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors, the manufacturer said.

Both the Momentus 5400.2 (120GB) and the 7200.1 (100GB) are offered in 1.5GBps Serial ATA with native command queuing, Seagate said. To date, Momentus drives have adopted the Ultra ATA 100 connection bus. The company is also offering a 120GB drive running at 4200rpm. All three products come with a five-year warranty.

Seagate did not provide pricing or availability information. ®

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