Toshiba Lays Out Three New 2.5” Hard Drives

Toshiba Storage Device Division has released a new line of 2.5” mobile drives. These 7200 RPM SATA drives are designed for the more demanding user and are optimized for “demanding performance, power consumption, and durability requirements.”

Three total drive lines have been released, each offering a slightly different role in small-form-factored computing. There’s the MKxx61GSY, which is made for high-end notebooks, gaming machines and mobile workstations. With sizes ranging from 160 GB to 640 GB and a release date in Q3 of 2010.

Next is the MKxx61GSY line. These are used for more stamina requiring applications such as the 24/7 blade servers used for say, Facebook’s photo gallery. Consider these to be very docile and tough.  “The MKxx61GSY is designed for speed, with a balanced approach to storage capacity, durability, power consumption, and acoustics, compared to 5,400 RPM mobile and 3.5-inch desktop drives.” Sizes range from 80 GB to 500 GB and will be available Q4 of 2010.

Finally, we have the SED line, or Self-Encrypting Drive, this will be used for more secretive tasks that require eyes-only clearance. Think government and secret agents. It follows the security standards from the TCG Opal Specification. No word on size or release date for the secure drives.

You can probably expect to see the first two lines showing up in laptops pretty soon.

[via Tom’s Hardware]