Fujitsu new 320GB 7200rpm laptop hard drive to appeal to data centres

Solid state drives might attract the limelight of the storage commentators for now, but traditional spinning hard drives are not dead yet.

Fujitsu has announced a brand new 2.5-inch 320GB 7200rpm SATA hard disk drive destined primarily at laptops, although for several reasons, the drive, known as the MHZ2 BJ, will also attract the attention of data centres administrators.

The drive will consume only 0.8w when idle and a mere 0.13W in sleep mode. This makes it ideal for datacentres and its 320GB 2.5-inch format means that the drive can now offer 28 percent more capacity than other 250GB 2.5-inch drives while spinning a full 33 percent quicker than 5400 rpm drives.

"We anticipate the 2.5-inch 7200RPM SATA HDD worldwide shipments will increase 90% from 2007 to 2008. We expect the increased capacity and performance of 7200RPM HDD will create new opportunities for personal computing manufacturers to produce a rich user experience designed to leverage the latest developments in gaming, video and multimedia laptop applications." said John Monroe, research vice president, Gartner, Inc, commenting on the launch of the MHZ2 BJ.