While everyone says that the future is SSDs and that we will soon see the death of HDDs, the manufacturers of traditional hard drives are running so that it doesn't happen, or at least it won't happen anytime soon. At the beginning of the month, it was Hitachi: now, Toshiba has launched its own 500GB HDD at 7,200RPM for notebooks, with 2.5 inches.
The drive uses two 250GB cards each, with a maximum density of 395Gb / in2, a maximum transfer rate of 1,255Mbps and an average reading time of 11ms. It also offers excellent shock resistance: 325G in operation and up to 900G when stopped. Compared to previous generations, it is still 28% more energy efficient.
The new line (MKxx56GSY) will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2009 and have models of 160GB, 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, all with SATA interface of 3Gbps and an internal cache of 16MB. Prices have not yet been released by Toshiba.