Toshiba announces standard size 2.5-inch 1TB HDD

The first 9.5mm thick notebook drive from Toshiba will enter mass production before the end of this month

Japanese corporation Toshiba announced Monday its first standard size, 9.5mm thick notebook hard drive with a capacity of 1TB.

Called the MQ01ABD series, these HDDs have apparently been engineered with power efficiency and low noise as top priorities. According to the press release, these drives will only use 0.55watts at idle and emit up to 24dB during use. The standard size is made possible by reducing the number of platters to two with 500GB each.

The Toshiba MQ01ABD series provides not only the capacity and performance required by notebook and PC manufacturers, multimedia professionals, multi-room set-top-box and other power users, but also the benefits of low-power, environmentally friendly drive,” said Joel Hagberg, VP of product marketing.

With the announcement of the standard size 1TB notebook HDD, Toshiba has joined Western Digital and Samsung in offering the milestone 1TB drive.

The MQ01ABD series will support SATA up to 3Gb/sec and offer a maximum media transfer rate of 1288.6Mbps, a 12ms average seek time and a rotational speed of 5400RPM. Capacities will range from 250GB up to 1TB. A launch date is still unknown, but mass production of these Toshiba drives is expected to begin sometime August.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-08- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.