updated 03:00 pm EST, Tue January 29, 2008
320GB drive upgrade
MCE Technologies has announced the 320GB MobileStor Performance hard drive, an upgrade solution for all MacBook Pro and MacBook systems. Utilizing a 320GB 2.5" internal SATA hard drive upgrade includes an external, portable enclosure which has both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces for use with the original 2.5" SATA hard drive, facilitating data transfer. Also bundled are the SuperDuper! cloning/backup software, all tools required for installation, and an illustrated installation manual. The drive features a rotational speed of 5400RPM, a maximum sustained data transfer rate of over 75MB/sec and burst transfer rates of 150MB/sec.
Other features include Native Command Queing (NCQ), which MCE says automatically reorders commands in the most efficient way based on the location of data on its platters in order to retrieve that data with the least latency. S.M.A.R.T. status monitoring is also supported and can warn of possible or impending disk failure. The drive's S.M.A.R.T. status can be verified using Apple’s Disk Utility or System Profiler program.
The 320GB MobileStor Performance hard drive upgrade solution is priced at $350 and is available immediately.