Samsung announced this week that it has begun shipping the world's first 500GB 2.5" mobile hard drive. The Spinpoint M6 consists of three 167GB platters and features a 5400rpm spindle speed, an 8MB cache and 3.0Gbps SATA interface.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today that it is shipping the world's first half-terabyte (500GB) 2.5" mobile hard drive - the new Spinpoint M6. The Spinpoint M6 is designed to fit the industry's standard 9.5mm height dimension and armed with a massive 500GB capacity, the drive is targeted to meet the growing storage needs of today's notebook computers as well as slim form factor PCs and high density mobile applications.

"Our customers require more and more notebook storage for their data, video and music files", said Andy Higginbotham, director of hard drive sales and marketing, Samsung Semiconductor. "Our Spinpoint M6 easily fits within notebook PCs with no modification to the notebook PC chassis, giving users more storage power than ever before."

Samsung's new Spinpoint M6 consists of three 167GB platters in a 2.5" hard drive frame measuring just 9.5mm in height. This critical feature gives notebook PC manufacturers the option of easily integrating the Spinpoint M6 into the tens of millions of notebook PCs that ship every quarter.
The Spinpoint M6 is available now for a suggested retail price of $299. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Iomega announced this week that it will be unveiling its third generation REV backup drive at CeBIT 2008. Designed to provide the performance of a hard drive with the removability of tape, Iomega's new drive offers transfer rates of up to 35MB/second and a maximum capacity of 120GB.

Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today announced the new Iomega REV 120GB Backup Drive, the third generation of its award-winning REV technology and a benchmark in smart, sensible backup for small and medium-sized businesses, remote work groups and others.

Iomega will unveil the new Iomega REV 120GB Backup Drive and REV 120GB disks at CeBIT 2008, the international technology tradeshow beginning today in Hanover, Germany, and running through March 9. Iomega is located at CeBIT in Hall 2, booth D56.
The Iomega REV 120GB Backup Drive is expected to be available in April as external USB 2.0 and internal SATA models. An ATAPI model is also planned for mid-year. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Transcend recently announced their new shock-resistant portable hard drives. Available in 160GB and 250GB capacities, the StoreJet 25 mobile features a rugged silicone outer case and a shock absorbing suspension system to protect the internal hard drive from damage.

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a global leader in the digital storage industry, proudly announces its new shock-resistant high capacity portable hard drive - the StoreJet 25 mobile. The new StoreJet 25 mobile is lightweight (206g) and easy to carry around, with compact measurements of just 134mm by 80.8mm by 18.8mm. Inside its extra-rugged shockproof silicone outer case is a high-capacity hard drive that lets you backup and store up to 250GB of data. To protect against data loss or damage from accidental slips or falls, the StoreJet 25 mobile meets U.S.military drop-test standards (MIL-STD-810F - Transit Drop) with advanced two-stage anti-shock technology, literally making it one of the safest places to keep your data. In order to ensure maximum compatibility with most desktop and notebook computers, the StoreJet 25 mobile uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, which provides data transfer rates up to 480Mb per second while offering the convenience of plug and play.
If you'd like to read more, Transcend's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Toshiba has announced the launch of its new line of high-performance 1.8-inch HDDs. With their Serial ATA interface and 5,400 RPM rotation speed, Toshiba claims that these new HDDs are 29% faster than its current offerings.

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in smallform factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today added a line of high-performance 5,400 RPM SerialATA (SATA) 1.8-inch HDDs to its product offerings for mobile PCs. Available in 120GB1 and80GB capacities, these new HDDs integrate design elements from Toshiba's flagship 2.5-inchline into its proven 1.8-inch platform to offer enhanced performance for ultra-thin and light PCapplications.

These new 1.8-inch HDDs leverage the interface architecture from Toshiba’s 2.5-inchSATA HDDs, which carry the industry certification for SATA compliance, providing seamlesscompatibility across Toshiba’s full line of SATA HDDs. The combination of 5,400 RPM spinspeeds with SATA features expands Toshiba’s market-leading 1.8-inch product lineup into thehigh-performance segment of the growing ultra-portable computing market.
Toshiba will begin mass producing its 80GB and 120GB 1.8-inch HDDs in April 2008. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Verbatim Europe has announced the launch of its new line of 2.5” portable hard drives. These palm-sized drives come in sizes ranging from 120GB up to 320GB and offer your choice of a USB interface or Combo USB/FireWire interface.

Verbatim launches a whole new line of Verbatim 2.5” Portable Hard Drives (HDDs). With the new, elegantly designed External Hard Drives, consumers and businesses can immediately add 120, 160, 250, or 320GB removable capacity to their computer. The palm-sized external drives will be available for both Windows and Mac users in specialist stores from February.

The need for a fast, easy way to store, backup, share and transport data and multimedia files is fueling explosive growth in the worldwide removable storage industry. As a result, the market research company GfK predicted sales of around 10 million external hard drives in Western Europe in 2007 - an increase of just under 90 percent compared to 2006, when 5.2 million external hard drives were sold. For 2008, GfK anticipates a total sales volume of over 14 million 2.5" and 3.5" External Hard Drives in Western Europe.
If you'd like to read more, Verbatim's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment