Samsung spins 128GB SSD
Half-a-terabyte laptop hard drive too
CES Samsung isn't the first manufacturer to take the wraps off a laptop-friendly 500GB hard drive - take a bow, Hitachi - but it did claim today to be the first to announce a 9.5mm-high unit. It also touted a 128GB solid-state drive for notebooks.
Samsung's SpinPoint M6: half a terabyte
The SpinPoint M6 follows the standard 2.5in form-factor for notebook hard drives. It contains 8MB of cache, has a 3Gb/s SATA interface and is fitted with the now obligatory sudden-drop sensor. Some versions come with a second detector, this time for rotational vibration.
The 500GB Spinpoint M6 is expected to go on sale in March.
Samsung's 128GB SSD
The tightest Samsung could narrow down the availability of its 2.5in 128GB SSD was sometime before July. It did say the drive will use a 3Gb/s SATA interface and offer a write speed of 70MB/s – a record for this type of drive, it claimed.
The SSD reads data at 100MB/s. Samsung said it uses native command queuing and spread-spectrum clocking to add to its higher performance levels. The drive also features device/host-initiated power management for an “exceptionally low” power consumption level of 0.5W in active mode.
The company also claimed the drive will offer a mean time between failures (MTBF) of one million hours.
12x12 x12 might work (depending on the size of the disks) if you take a nano-ITX board
Not very cost-effective though - if you want to make it reasonably efficient, you need HW raid, and I think nano-ITX only does mini-PCI, so you will need a hard-to-find mini-PCI to PCI adapter. Unless someone makes a nano-ITX board with 4 SATA ports, in which case you could use Adaptec's zero-port mini-PCI raid adapter, though I don't know if it's any good...
Not that the world needs 500gb laptop drives, but this is pretty bad ass. Samsung has really been doing nice things with their harddrives recently. I'm quite impressed with the 3 F1s of theirs that I just got. 333GB/platter is a good thing for sure.
And the 10cm cube won't work, since the drives are more than 10cm long... Plus you'd only end up with 512GB for the SSD, if thats what you were talking about. If you were looking at putting plain magnetic laptop drives in a raid... Ahh but you're probably using 100mbit or wireless or something, so speed doesn't matter much.
I'd like someone to build a NAS that takes 5 of these in raid 5 - all in a fanless aluminium 10cm cube. It can't be *that* difficult can it?
I want BOTH
how about a 500gb SSD!!!!!!!!!!!