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When are the 12.5mm 1.5 TB and 14.8mm 2 TB notebook drives coming? (via: Marvell 4Q 2012 – Hard Drives Coming Back, SSD Controller Sales Double – Storage Forums)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/03/09

Since about 9 months, 2.5 inch notebook drives ship that have 500 gigabyte platters.

With that technology, these drives ship:

they easily could manufacture these configurations:

They already made the bump to 9 mm thick 2 platter 1 TB drives (from the 3 platter 12.5 mm thick in the Samsung SpinPoint MT2 1TB HM100UI and Western Digital WD10TPVT and WD10TEVT to the 9mm thick HN-M101MBB and WD10JPVT).

So – given the 4 platter 14.8 mm thick Seagate ST1500LM003 1.5 TB drive has been on the market for 9 months – a logical question is: when are bigger drives becoming available in the current thicknesses? User [ETA]MrSpadge wonders about the same:

There are also 1 TB consumer oriented 3-platter drives with 12.5 mm, which cost about the same as their newer 2-platter brothers of the same capacity. However, using the same case etc. they could easily offer 1.5 TB now for about the same production cost -> higher win margin. Sure, the market for external drives is not as large as the one for “external + internal”.. yet if I were in charge there I’d try my luck with such an offer (*).

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(*) That’s the right time to say “And that’s why you’re not in charge there!”

So: when are those 12.5 mm high 1.5 TB and 14.8 mm high 2 TB notebook drives going to arrive?

DanWat1234 has been expecting them for about 6 months, PhilFlow has for about 3 months. So is is getting time.

Marvell (leading supplier of HDD technology) is clearly ready for it :)

They are also ready for the proposed 5 mm thick (or rather thin) proposed drive height as found on Xbit.

–jeroen

via: Marvell 4Q 2012 – Hard Drives Coming Back, SSD Controller Sales Double – Storage Forums.

2 Responses to “When are the 12.5mm 1.5 TB and 14.8mm 2 TB notebook drives coming? (via: Marvell 4Q 2012 – Hard Drives Coming Back, SSD Controller Sales Double – Storage Forums)”

  1. […] I’ve hoped for these drives to appear for a long time, and wrote blog posts on it in March 2012 (HDD market seems recovered, and WD introduced 4 TB 3.5 HDDs: when are 2.5 inch 12.5 mm 1.5+ TB drives coming?) and September 2012 (When are the 12.5mm 1.5 TB and 14.8mm 2 TB notebook drives coming?). […]

  2. […] asked it before 6 months ago, and wonder: how long will it take for 12.5 mm 2.5 inch SATA HDDs to arrive on the market that have […]

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