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Samsung Unveils 1TB Drive for Notebooks

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Samsung's new 1TB Spinpoint MT2 is ideal for notebooks, digital TVs, home theater systems and more.

Tuesday Samsung revealed its new halogen-free, 2.5-inch Spinpoint MT2 internal HDD, offering laptop owners a tasty 333GB per platter for a total storage capacity of 1TB. Samsung said the drive is ideal for digital TVs, home media systems, and set-top boxes where end-users need room for large amounts of data while also requiring a quiet, cool storage solution.

According to the company, the drive uses an SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, an 8MB buffer memory, and spins at 5400rpm. The drive also features shock resistance levels of 400G (2ms) in operation mode and 800G (1ms) when the power is off. Samsung’s "proprietary" SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies are included to minimize noise levels during drive operation.

On a performance level, Samsung claims that the Spinpoint MT2 features 20-percent increased read/write performance. It's also said to consume 4-percent less power consumption compared to similar drives.

"The new Spinpoint MT2 drive offers the largest capacity in what has previously been offered as an option for portable digital devices," said I.C. Park vice president, storage marketing, Samsung Electronics. "As the total storage solution provider, Samsung is committed to offering products that features exceptional performance and value across a wide range of computing and consumer electronics markets."

The company said that a 750GB version is also available, adding that initial shipments for both models are available now.

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    mavanhel , July 21, 2010 5:53 PM
    If initial shipments are available now shouldn't Tom's be able to post the price of these drives?
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    mavanhel , July 21, 2010 5:53 PM
    If initial shipments are available now shouldn't Tom's be able to post the price of these drives?
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    sliem , July 21, 2010 6:34 PM
    1TB PS3, coming up!
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    hunter315 , July 21, 2010 6:40 PM
    Very nice! Now how big of a hit will i take to my battery life by switching to it?
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    orionantares , July 21, 2010 6:45 PM
    Does the PS3 hardware even support 1TB capacity?
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    bentonsl_2010 , July 21, 2010 6:50 PM
    Wonder if this is a standard size hard drive or the bigger (taller) drive?
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 21, 2010 7:00 PM
    orionantaresDoes the PS3 hardware even support 1TB capacity?


    It's supports any storage 2.5 inch hard drive as long as it is Sata II(3.0gbps interface) and is formatted in fat32 which is the only file system it will recognize. But you'll want to format it with the ps3's internal formatting tool first once you install it.

    My Seagate Momentus G 2.5" 7200rpm 500GB hard drive works well in my ps3.

    As long as the ps3 can format the drive it will work.
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    frye , July 21, 2010 7:12 PM
    Bentonsl_2010Wonder if this is a standard size hard drive or the bigger (taller) drive?


    It's apparently 3 mm too tall for most laptops.
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    jcaulley_74 , July 21, 2010 7:31 PM
    It is a 12.5mm drive height. This is the same as the WD 1TB that came out a couple months back. A few notebooks can fit them but not many.
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    ksampanna , July 21, 2010 7:49 PM
    Then which ones can?
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    tipoo , July 21, 2010 8:14 PM
    But is it 9.5mm high? If not, it will only fit in a select few laptops. 1TB with thee platters makes me think 12.5mm high.
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    bentonsl_2010 , July 21, 2010 8:39 PM
    If you google your laptop and 12.5mm there will normally be a couple posts from ppl saying if it will fit or not. I havent found a site that has some form of a spread sheet listing all viable laptops yet.
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    back_by_demand , July 21, 2010 8:44 PM
    ksampannaThen which ones can?

    You would like someone in here to provide you with an exhaustive list of notebooks which can accept 12.5mm HDDs?
    Do your own damn research!
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    lauxenburg , July 21, 2010 10:48 PM
    WD already has one of these, but its 5200RPM for some reason. But this Samsung looks alright. Not really a WD person anyway.
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    mayne92 , July 21, 2010 10:55 PM
    lauxenburgWD already has one of these, but its 5200RPM for some reason. But this Samsung looks alright. Not really a WD person anyway.

    I love samsung for many things but 2 of my hard drives by them died within a year. Of owning 7 WD drives ranging from 3 to my laptops and 4 to my desktop...still yet to have them die...2+ yrs and counting. I know hard drives are sometimes tough luck...but I like to run with those I typically have less problems with.

    I still like the fact that they have come out with such a large drive for notebooks [and all that will fit them]
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    mindspring , July 22, 2010 12:46 AM
    pricing pls
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    wrack , July 22, 2010 1:02 AM
    7200 RPM please.
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    shovenose , July 22, 2010 1:35 AM
    yeah its almost not very useful if its 5400rpm.
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    danwat1234 , July 22, 2010 1:51 AM
    orionantaresDoes the PS3 hardware even support 1TB capacity?


    If the PS3 has 48-bit LBA, then it does.
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    damiano13mg , July 22, 2010 4:01 AM
    1TB in a ps3 slim! OH YEAAAAAAA!!!!! Now put the ps3 in the transformer box and give it some cube and see what happens! lol
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    danwat1234 , July 22, 2010 6:02 AM
    10000 RPM plz
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