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Samsung debuts fast 200GB 2.5-inch drive

updated 10:50 am EDT, Wed April 11, 2007

New 2.5-inch Samsung HDDs

Three new 2.5-inch SATA drives have been announced by Samsung. The most notable of these may be the SpinPoint MP1, which holds an ample 200GB, and is rated at 7,200rpm. While these facts are not individually significant, most hard drives of the size sacrifice either speed or capacity to maintain the other statistic. And while the MP1 is intended for workstations, RAID servers and blade servers, it is speculated that it may end up in laptops, notably high-performance models like Apple's MacBook Pro. The drive should begin production in May.

The other two drives are also laptop compatible, but fall under Samsung's SpinPoint M5 series. A 160GB model starts production later this month, while a dual-disc 250GB drive is under development. These are specifically aimed at laptop computers, but are unfortunately rated at 5,400rpm, and use a 1.5Gbps interface instead of the MP1's 3Gbps.

by MacNN Staff




  1. migs647

    Joined: Dec 1969


    GO GO Samsung

    I have been such a huge supporter of samsung this year, cell phone, lcds, tv, harddrives... I am so happy wiht them (cept the lack of syncing between mac and cell phone). I'm super glad they beat everyone to the punch with this one!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This sounds like it would be great for my MBP! Too bad Apple decided (for some stupidly unknown reason) to make it so user-unfriendly to try to replace a hard drive in the pro laptops (I guess pros don't need that ability, but consumers do, as MacBook owners can do it with no problems).

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    finally we're talking improvement. I don't give a **** about 4200RPM 300 gig drives, give me 7200RPM 200 or 250 gig drives!

    On a side not, I don't think the 3Gbps interface is going to make a noticable difference to the 1.5Gbps interface for a 5400RPM drive.

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