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Fujitsu MHW2 BJ Series
Fujitsu takes 7200RPM notebook drives to 160GB

Fujitsu has unveiled the world's first 160GB 7200RPM SATA hard disk drive (HDD) for notebook computers. The new MHW2160BJ notebook HDD will be available for high-performance notebooks beginning in May of this year.

The 2.5" HDD features a SATA 3.0Gb/s interface and has best-in-class acoustic levels of 2.5 bels at idle. The drive also sips power and only consumes 2.3 watts or less when reading/writing data.

2.5" notebook HDDs currently max out at 200GB and are only available with a spindle speed 4200RPM. Likewise, 7200RPM hard drives until now have topped out at 100GB. Fujitsu's new 160GB 7200RPM HDD strikes a nice balance between both extremes. Pricing, which is sure to be extravagant, has not yet been announced.

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oh thank god.....
By Souka on 3/5/2007 10:52:15 PM , Rating: 4
oh thank Fujitsu....

finally a 7200rpm hi-cap drive for my notebook... my virtual machines will be much happier now...

But...since its a Fujitsu drive, I'm curious how it stacks up against other drives like: 100gb @7200rpm, 160gb @5400rpm, etc etc...from hitachi, Toshiba and WD...

RE: oh thank god.....
By Hyperlite on 3/5/2007 11:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
my thoughts exactly. i have been waiting a long time for this.

RE: oh thank god.....
By darkavatar on 3/6/2007 7:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
Great News! I've been waiting for high speed Fujitsu drives for a looong time.

From my own experience (and my friends), Fujitsu drives isn't much of a performer, but very reliable. I knocked one off a 3-foot counter while data transferring two years ago and its still working now!! It only became louder, and maybe a bit slower...

Computers with faster Hard Drives...
By daftrok on 3/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: Computers with faster Hard Drives...
By daftrok on 3/6/07, Rating: -1
By Dactyl on 3/6/2007 1:03:11 AM , Rating: 3
Not one douche. Three separate people.

By timmiser on 3/6/2007 2:49:19 AM , Rating: 1
You fight authority but authority always wins. Go figure!

By jmunjr on 3/6/2007 3:58:47 AM , Rating: 1
It wasn't me, but I am going to do it now as well.

Need 7200RPM and Perp
By Schadenfroh on 3/5/2007 11:47:57 PM , Rating: 1
I wish I could buy a notebook drive that was 7200RPMs and featured perpendicular recording.

RE: Need 7200RPM and Perp
By Dactyl on 3/6/2007 12:07:54 AM , Rating: 2
I believe all 160GB 2.5" HDDs feature perpendicular recording.

So this drive should be much faster than 160GB 7200 RPM 3.5" HDDs from 2-3 years ago.

RE: Need 7200RPM and Perp
By ZoZo on 3/6/2007 2:15:25 AM , Rating: 1
7200rpm notebook hard drives have higher access times than their desktop counterparts so that nullifies the benefits of the higher density offered by perpendicular recording.

By Berek Halfhand on 3/6/2007 12:19:52 AM , Rating: 2
What about price... what will price be like? It might not be worth getting it... 2x 100gigs might be at that point.

RE: Price...
By plewis00 on 3/6/2007 2:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
This is to fit into a regular laptop. It's pretty clear why that is not a feasible suggestion.

What I was more interested in, is whether this is a 9.5mm or 12.5mm drive as one of Fujitsu's 200Gb 2.5" hard disks were really cheap but also 12.5mm which made it incompatible with 95% of current laptops.

How about capacity
By Egglick on 3/6/2007 4:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather see increased capacity than speed in 2.5" drives. What are they topped out at now, like 200GB?

RE: How about capacity
By teldar on 3/6/2007 7:43:46 AM , Rating: 2
They actually have a 300GB 12mm drive on their website as well.... Wouldn't want to think of what it costs. It's a 4200 rpm drive.


By Samus on 3/6/2007 4:05:06 AM , Rating: 1
what notebooks can you put it in without it cooking. last i checked most of the notebooks out there have less than ideal mounting bays for their drives.

RE: heat
By Meaker10 on 3/6/2007 10:33:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well the 100gb 5400RPM drive I had ran very cool, most notebook drives are MUCH cooler than thier desktop counterparts.

get an education
By FXi on 3/6/2007 5:10:33 AM , Rating: 2

While higher densities do help 5200 rpm drives, in real world testing, the 7200's are faster.

If you were to get both like this Fujitsu drive, higher density and 7200 rpm, then things are likely to get very fast. 160 and 200's in the 7200 rpm category are expected by the end of 2007. However, to counter that as much as 250 @ 5200 is expected in the same timeframe.

The link
By crystal clear on 3/6/2007 1:01:30 AM , Rating: 1
The missing link-

Fujitsu Introduces World's First 2.5" 7,200 RPM 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive

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