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Toshiba Unleashes 2.5'' HDDs with 10K RPM

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This line of 2.5-inch super-fast HDDs spin at 10k RPM and have transfer rates up to 216 MB/sec.

Toshiba Storage Device Division said Thursday (pdf) that its MBF series of enterprise-class 2.5-inch hard drives is now shipping. This new line uses an SAS 6Gbps interface, a 16 MB buffer, and features a spin rate of 10,025 RPM. The MBF series also provides the largest capacity SFF Enterprise HDD solutions on the market today: 300 GB, 450 GB, and 600 GB. 

"The MBF series builds upon the inherent lower power consumption design  of 2.5-inch HDDs using an enhanced power condition state to reduce drive  spin when not in use, thereby lowering power consumption significantly," the company said. "Certain models of the MBF series also offer an option of drive-based  encryption designed to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Enterprise  Security Subsystem Class specification." 

Toshiba said that companies benefit from the MBF series because they can reduce data center floor space requirements, and lower storage infrastructure and management costs. The drives also offer reliability and high performance thanks to transfer rates of up to 216 MB/sec. They're also ideal outside the corporation, operating more efficiently in a broad range of conditions and environments. 

According to the company, the new MBF line is on the way to OEMs and distributors including Avnet, Bell Micro, Ingram Micro, and more.

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    joytech22 , June 10, 2010 10:12 PM
    When the drive spin's down to save power, wouldn't it have a negative impact on performance when it's needed most? because the drive would need to spin back up?
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2010 10:21 PM
    just a while guess but these will not work in a laptop?
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    eastcoaster , June 10, 2010 11:45 PM
    thebob654321just a while guess but these will not work in a laptop?


    I don't think there are any laptops that offer the SAS serial connection and I bet these things would give off too much heat as well.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , June 11, 2010 12:22 AM
    Thank jeebus these are sata 3.0 drives. I would've been mad if they made sata II versions which could be used in my ps3 hehe because I already put a seagate momentusG in mine.
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    armitageid , June 11, 2010 2:17 AM
    Strider-Hiryu_79Thank jeebus these are sata 3.0 drives. I would've been mad if they made sata II versions which could be used in my ps3 hehe because I already put a seagate momentusG in mine.


    These are SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives and will not work on a SATA controller.

    Now....SAS controllers can use SATA disks....but why would we want to do that now :) 
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    alextheblue , June 11, 2010 2:46 AM
    armitageidNow....SAS controllers can use SATA disks....but why would we want to do that now

    Emergency/temporary use? At the very leasy it's still better than a swift kick in the nuts. :p 
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    techguy378 , June 11, 2010 3:24 AM
    Don't SAS drives cost more than an equivalent capacity SSD which is faster, more durable and longer lasting?
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    tipoo , June 11, 2010 3:27 AM
    Not a 9.5mm high drive. Nuff said for most of us, unfortunately.
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    cdillon , June 11, 2010 7:07 AM
    2.5" SAS drives have been available at 10K and 15K RPM for years now. The actual news here is that now Toshiba is doing it. Yawn.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2010 3:40 AM
    It's $600 US.dollars! Are you kidding Toshiba?! We can get a VelociRaptor with the same specs but double the Cache for less than half that price. Get with the times already!
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    littlec , June 12, 2010 3:46 PM
    NLeeIt's $600 US.dollars! Are you kidding Toshiba?! We can get a VelociRaptor with the same specs but double the Cache for less than half that price. Get with the times already!

    This isn't for the enthusiast market it's for data centers and blade servers get with the program dude.