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With notebook-oriented SSDs now hitting the 250GB mark, Samsung has introduced a laptop-friendly hard drive offering double that capacity.

The 500GB SpinPoint M7 uses the notebook-standard 2.5in form-factor and incorporates a pair of 250GB platters. They spin at 5400rpm, and data transfers are buffered in an 8MB cache. The drive connects to its host PC across a 3Gb/s Sata bus.

Samsung said the drive's good to take up to 400G of operating shock and consumes 25 per cent less power than other 2.5in drives during seek operations. Apparently, it's very quiet too.

Other than the headline half-a-terabyte capacity, the M7 series will include 250GB, 320GB and 400GB models. They're available in sample quantities for notebook and external hard drive manufacturers now, but are expected to be more widely available in volume later this month. ®

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