NOVEMBER 6TH, 2013 by Lyle Smith
Samsung Spinpoint M9T Mobile Hard Drive; M3 and P3 Portable Now Shipping
Samsung hard drive storage, a division of Seagate, is now shipping the new 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T, which is the world's first 9.5mm thin 2TB hard drive, satisfying the growing consumer demand for storage capacity in mobile applications. The Spinpoint M9T mobile drive is offered in capacities of 1.5TB and 2TB and gives OEMs, channel system integrators and consumers a high-capacity storage solution ideal for external storage, notebook integration and upgrades, desktop, and gaming system applications in a standard form factor.
The Spinpoint M9T includes a SATA 6Gb/s interface and microactuation to ensure fast, consistent hard drive performance as well as NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies to deliver an ultra-quiet operation. Of course the real trick is how Samsung jammed 2TB into 9.5mm, where most vendors need 15mm to accomplish the same feat. In the case of the M9T it's because Samsung squeezed in an extra platter, leveraging three 667GB platters in their design.
Samsung M9T also in Portable Form Factors
Also shipping are the Samsung M3 Portable (17.5mm thin) and P3 Portable (14.8mm thin). The new portable drives are USB 3.0 compatible and will be available in 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB capacities. The smaller options (1TB and lower) will be based on the M8 platform, the larger capacity drives feature the new M9T inside.
The Spinpoint M9T hard drive is currently available along with the M3 Portable and P3 Portable external drives.
Pricing is still unknown...
From the drive's PDF data sheet on Seagate's website ( Samsung is a division of Seagate now ) :
http://www.seagate.com/files/www-conten ... 12a%20.pdf
Average Seek Time: 12ms
Average Latency: 5.6 ms
Average Drive Read Speed: 169 MB/s
Max Noise level: 2.7 Bel ( 27 Decibels )
Idle Noise level: 2.5 Bel ( 25 Decibels )
Those are great specs for a thin 1.5 to 2.0 TB hdd!! Just have to find out pricing now...
Very nice job here Samsung, Kudos!! Large Capacity SSD drives are still waaaay too pricey imho... best to have a small SSD for OS and Apps in your laptop, and one of these small fast high capacity hard drives for data storage... ( yes external USB 3.0 drives are fast and cheap, but do you really liking having to lug around those clunky things with your laptop?? Especially if you travel.. )