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Samsung reveals 1TB Spinpoint M8 notebook HDD

The new drive will be thinner, faster, and less power hungry than its MT2 predecessor and will be available for $129 at launch

Samsung today has just announced a new notebook hard drive disk sporting a massive 1TB of storage. Called the Spinpoint M8, the 2.5-inch form factor with 9.5mm height is expected to fit snugly into most laptops.

In order to achieve the high data density, the Spinpoint M8 utilizes what Samsung calls advanced format technology (AFT) for efficient and convenient data storage. The technology also allows for a reduced number of components and is responsible for the claimed 7 percent increase in operation speeds and 8 percent decrease in power draw for the M8 drive.

In terms of features, the drive can run at 3 gigabits/sec on the SATA interface and incorporates EcoSeek and NoiseGuard to reduce noise levels.

The M8 isn’t Samsung’s first ever 1TB notebook drive, however, as that standing goes to the Spinpoint MT2. The most notable improvement in the M8 is that the same 1TB mark is achieved with just two platters instead of three in the MT2. This allows the new model to be about 3mm thinner than its predecessor.

The 1TB Samsung Spinpoint M8 is currently in production and should soon be available worldwide for $129.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)