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Seagate to Release World's Thinnest 2.5-inch HDD

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Seagate shaves 2.5 mm from laptop drives.

As our devices get slimmer in form factor, the demand rises for the miniaturization of components. Storage hardware, however, is standardized to several sizes, with 9.5 mm being the typical height for the 2.5-inch drives used in laptops and notebooks.

System designers wanting something slimmer than 9.5 mm can turn to 1.8-inch drives or SSD, but that in turn drives up costs. Seagate believes that it has the perfect answer to this with its upcoming line of Momentus Thin hard drives it plans to launch next week.

The storage company has created what it touts as the world's thinnest 2.5-inch laptop drive, measuring in with a 7 mm height. Seagate says that its solution provides the lowest-cost storage for netbooks and thin laptops, enabling computer makers to offer systems that reach a broader market.

The Momentus Thin will feature two capacity points – 250GB and 160GB – both packing an 8MB cache, a Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and a 5400RPM spin speed. The drive will be available to Seagate’s OEM and integrator partners in January 2010.

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    tipmen , December 11, 2009 1:16 AM
    rigaudioBut can it store Crysis?



    Just drop it.
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    leafblower29 , December 11, 2009 12:58 AM
    Hmmm... interesting to see the speeds of read/write. Perhaps size could allow RAID in laptops.
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    Efrayim , December 11, 2009 12:58 AM
    Wow that's thin. I bet they could make it thinner if they weren't restricted by the SATA connector height.
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    metalfellow , December 11, 2009 12:59 AM
    Impressive work seagate. This might cause headaches if owners want to upgrade to a larger capacity and they don't realise the drive is only 7mm high rather than the normal 9.5mm. Guess that could be solved by having a label to identify this as "super-slim 2.5in hdd" or something similar.
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    tipmen , December 11, 2009 1:16 AM
    rigaudioBut can it store Crysis?



    Just drop it.
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    HansVonOhain , December 11, 2009 2:31 AM
    rigaudioBut can it store Crysis?


    **** you please

    Just stop
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    rigaudio , December 11, 2009 3:08 AM
    Oh please, it was gonna be said eventually.

    Anyways, I hope they managed to slice the price as well as the drive.
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    shiftstealth , December 11, 2009 3:09 AM
    cant wait to see how long it takes this drive to fail, 2 weeks?
    gogo seagate
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    Sicundercover , December 11, 2009 3:32 AM
    What concerns me is why bother putting all the time into R&D to make a analog device like this?
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    nawat , December 11, 2009 4:11 AM
    leafblower29Hmmm... interesting to see the speeds of read/write. Perhaps size could allow RAID in laptops.

    Toshiba's been offering RAID in laptops for quite a long time now with its Qosmio series. But it's not in all models and these laptops are huge and heavy.
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    Gin Fushicho , December 11, 2009 4:21 AM
    Give me a 7200rpm single platter 250GB one of those and i'll be one happy boy. ;) 
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    cjl , December 11, 2009 4:49 AM
    rigaudioOh please, it was gonna be said eventually.Anyways, I hope they managed to slice the price as well as the drive.

    If everyone didn't think like you, it wouldn't get said. And the world would be a happier place. And children would frolic. And rabbits would happily bound around the meadows. Etc. Etc.
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    listerd , December 11, 2009 5:11 AM
    What I find odd is we measure hdd vertical height in milimeters yet still refer to the width of the form factor in inches (generally speaking). Why? I suppose people are lazy and can't handle the extra decimal place (2.5" vs. 69.9mm).


    Oh well. Hope this latest seagate up's the reliability this time around.
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    anamaniac , December 11, 2009 5:57 AM
    listerdWhat I find odd is we measure hdd vertical height in milimeters yet still refer to the width of the form factor in inches (generally speaking). Why? I suppose people are lazy and can't handle the extra decimal place (2.5" vs. 69.9mm).Oh well. Hope this latest seagate up's the reliability this time around.

    That is a very interesting point.
    how about some super thin 1.8" drives though? For a netbook, 80GB is enough for me. A decent 1.8" HDD would be nice, because a 80GB Intel x18-m costs about $230.

    Nice to see them making them smaller. But at this size and capacity, flash memory becomes much more of an option.
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    back_by_demand , December 11, 2009 6:07 AM
    rigaudioBut can it store Crysis?

    It's a valid question, at least it wasn't the dick who keeps saying

    LOLZ! FIRST!!!
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    enyceckk101 , December 11, 2009 6:24 AM
    Yes, it will store Crysis
    and yes, it will load Crysis ......

    now stop asking !
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    anamaniac , December 11, 2009 8:15 AM
    back_by_demandIt's a valid question, at least it wasn't the dick who keeps sayingLOLZ! FIRST!!!

    So true...
    Though, a OS taking 15GB, additional programs taking 10GB, family photos/videos etc. taking 5GB, porn collection taking 20GB, 5GB for a pagefile, and Crysis taking 10GB... a 80GB drive would start to run out of space. Good thing this is 160GB+. =D

    Honestly, I don't give a damn abot Crysis posts. First LOLZ posts do piss me off though (and I have skipped my chance on Toms a few times).

    What about a 2.5" 5mm HDD?
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2009 8:34 AM
    But will it load Crysis...........Warhead?
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    kikireeki , December 11, 2009 8:57 AM
    Thinner\ smaller = compromised reliability.
    and you can apply this to almost anything.
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    idisarmu , December 11, 2009 10:57 AM
    Why are people always so upset about "but can it _____ crysis?"?

    "first" posts are much much much much worse. Crysis posts are amusing sometimes.
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    apmyhr , December 11, 2009 11:39 AM
    All you guys mad about the Crysis comment should realize that people only keep making them because you all keep responding to them. If the Crysis remarks fail to generate any response, then no one will make them.
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