Now thinner, lighter, and cooler

Many believe that a hard disk drive line will remain the same from the time of the first launch to the end of life but this is far from the truth. Many times hard drive manufacturers will release refreshes to their product lines to improve on certain aspects such as performance as well as physical aspects of the product.

Seagate has done just that with a soon to be released refresh of certain models in the 7200.9 Barracuda line of desktop drives. Information which has been dropped in our laps tells us that the 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB models in the 7200.9 desktop hard drive line will feature a smaller physical design among a few other changes.

The first change will be to the height, or thickness, of the drive from 26mm to 20mm which is said to allow better air flow and lower acoustics. The drives will also have the PCMA flipped over to reduce the risk of damage from handling as well as a reduction in EMI or electromagnetic interference. The drives will also have a reduction in weight from 500g to 366g.

We have also learned that the refreshed models are beginning to ship and we may see the new physical specs on store shelves soon. There has been no official word from Seagate on this release but the actual models will appear on shelves soon enough that additional confirmation should come very quickly.

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