Feeds

Toshiba notebook drive spins level with Samsung

Hits 7,200rpm

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Toshiba has caught up with Samsung and launched its own 640GB notebook drive spinning at 7,200rpm.

Samsung announced its SpinPoint MP4 in April. General notebook SATA drives spin at 5,400rpm, whereas the MP4 rotates at 7,200rpm, delivering faster disk I/O for high-end notebooks and gaming applications. It used the 3Gbit/s SATA interface and has a 16MB cache.

Toshiba had launched a 750GB 2.5-inch notebook drive a month before. It had the same 3Gbit/s SATA interface, an 8MB cache and spun at the standard 5,400rpm. Now Toshiba has matched Samsung and announced its own 640GB MKxx61GSY model, spinning at 7,200rpm, having the same 16MB cache and aimed at high-end notebooks, gaming applications and all-in-one PCs. Toshiba does not single out use in enterprise drive arrays. The capacity range is 160 to 640GB.

The product range includes a specific version for 24x7 use, an endurance model called the MKxx61GSYB. It is still a 7,200rpm drive, but its capacity range is 80 to 500GB, with Toshiba using a lower areal density - 396Gbit/in2 compared to the MKxx61GSY's 506.3Gbit/in2 - to gain the extra reliability and endurance. This product is intended for use in network routers and switches, blade servers and point-of-sale terminals.

Lastly, there is a self-encrypting drive version of the product. The MKxx61GSY is shipping now, with volume production due in the third quarter. The MKxx61GSYB endurance model will ship in the fourth quarter, while the SED version's availability is not yet known. ®

Best practices for enterprise data

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?