The mobile storage wars are on and all of the top hard drive
manufacturers are looking to one-up each other. Fujitsu fired the latest shot
yesterday with the introduction of its new 300GB external HDD.
The 2.5"-based drive features a SATA interface internally and a USB 2.0 interface for connecting to a notebook computer. The drive also features a
16-point omnidirectional shock mounting design to protect the drive for rough handling.
"We are proud to launch the world’s highest capacity
2.5" External HDD product into the marketplace at a time when consumers
are demanding more storage, compact designs, and features that advance the
level of data security," said Fujitsu's Lorne Wilson. "Fujitsu has
almost forty years of experience in the hard disk drive industry, and we have
successfully expanded our 2.5" HDD business over the last fourteen years.
As a result of our focus and commitment to R&D, we have been able to
leverage our expertise in this field to create an ideal solution for portable
backup and storage solutions."
While Fujitsu may now hold the storage crown with its new
drive, the spindle speed is a disappointing 4200RPM. The latest 250GB drives announced
feature 5400RPM spindle speeds while 200GB units are
spinning at 7200RPM.
The MSRP for Fujitsu's new drive is $229 and it will be
available during the third quarter.