Seagate has unveiled a 2TB mobile hard drive aimed at vendors building ultraportable devices and at end users upgrading their systems, claiming it as the lightest, fastest and most power-efficient of its kind in the industry.
Available immediately, the Seagate ST2000LM007 is a 2.5in hard drive that offers owners of ultraportable laptops an easy upgrade path to 2TB of storage without the weight penalty of existing hard drives. It weighs just 90g - 25 percent lighter than the previous generation, according to Seagate.
Owners of ultraportables and other small form factor systems would typically prefer to have a flash-based SSD for light weight and greater performance, but a 2TB SSD would cost close to £500, whereas Seagate's ST2000LM007 is priced at £99.99.
Seagate also claimed that the reduced 7mm thickness frees up valuable space for vendors building new mobile ultraportable systems to accommodate additional features, such as fitting a larger battery or more memory.
Matt Rutledge, Seagate's senior vice president for client storage, explained that the firm's engineers had achieved this capacity in a 2.5in mobile drive by boosting areal density to 1TB per platter.
"Laptops today must satisfy consumer demand for fast computing and high-capacity storage capabilities on one hand, while offering compelling designs and slim styling on the other. With the introduction of Seagate's new mobile HDD, laptop manufacturers no longer need to make trade-offs between these seemingly competing mandates," he said.
The new drive makes use of a standard 6Gbps Sata host interface, and has a maximum data transfer rate of 600MBps and a maximum sustained transfer rate of 100MBps. It comes with a two-year warranty.
Seagate also ships the drive in a 1TB version (ST1000LM035), and in further 2TB versions that support self-encryption (ST2000LM009) and FIPS 140-2 self-encryption (ST2000LM010).
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