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February 16, 2010

Toshiba releases small form factor HDD

Comes with 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface

By CBR Staff Writer

Toshiba has introduced a new high-capacity, small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drive that is self-encrypting and has a top capacity of 600GB.

The new drive, part of the company’s MBF product line comes with 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface for use in mid-range volume servers, mainstream storage arrays, blade and rack-mount servers and other power-conscious, data-intensive applications, Toshiba said.

Building upon the lower power consumption that comes with 2.5-inch HDDs, the MBF series reduces power consumption up to 28%, using a new enhanced power condition state that enables the HDD to spin at a lower RPM when not in use, the company claims.

Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division, said: With a 600GB maximum capacity, lower power consumption and smaller footprint, Toshiba’s small form factor enterprise HDDs further enable the growing trend of enterprise system migration from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch HDDs.

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The MBF product line is available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities and are expected to ship in volume in April 2010.

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