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[XbitLabs]Seagate to Cease Production of 7200rpm Mobile Hard Drives This Year

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Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hard disk drives, plans to cease production of mobile hard drives with 7200rpm spindle speed late this year as the mainstream market demand will shift to different products, such as solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs). The company will continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks.
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Right about time.

The Seagate 7200rpm drive on my laptop made it obnoxious to use, the whole thing shook like a dryer every time I tried to open a file.

Eventually I just gave up and bought a 60GB SSD on the cheap.
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So their high-end units will be a 16-32GB NAND + 5400RPM platter(s)?
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So their high-end units will be a 16-32GB NAND + 5400RPM platter(s)?

Thats my assumption.
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I thought fast 2.5" HDD were used in some servers? I guess some other company(s) already have that market cornered, and there is reduced demand in the consumer market for premium 2.5" HDD because of the current prices of SSD . . .
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I thought fast 2.5" HDD were used in some servers? I guess some other company(s) already have that market cornered, and there is reduced demand in the consumer market for premium 2.5" HDD because of the current prices of SSD . . .


Server 2.5 drives are 10k-15K rpm drives usually
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I was (still am) very happy with my 500 Momentus XT...
Perhaps higher density 5400rpm + bigger NAND will allow for similar and/or better performance, still 7200rpm would still be faster - no?
SSDs are too expensive still for the average laptop user, and although 256GB drives are dropping, are often not enough to contain all our crap.
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I was (still am) very happy with my 500 Momentus XT...
Perhaps higher density 5400rpm + bigger NAND will allow for similar and/or better performance, still 7200rpm would still be faster - no?
SSDs are too expensive still for the average laptop user, and although 256GB drives are dropping, are often not enough to contain all our crap.

God forbid you use an external drive to hold all your data. rolleyes.gif
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I thought fast 2.5" HDD were used in some servers? I guess some other company(s) already have that market cornered, and there is reduced demand in the consumer market for premium 2.5" HDD because of the current prices of SSD . . .
Server 2.5" drives are 10-15K but also are thicker. They won't fit into laptops.... even if they did, they use SAS instead of SATA.

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Originally Posted by dtolios View Post

I was (still am) very happy with my 500 Momentus XT...
Perhaps higher density 5400rpm + bigger NAND will allow for similar and/or better performance, still 7200rpm would still be faster - no?
SSDs are too expensive still for the average laptop user, and although 256GB drives are dropping, are often not enough to contain all our crap.
More NAND + slower disk is better than just a faster disk for majority of people.

Most people only need 8-20GB of really fast storage for common stuff.
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Long as the NAND+7200rpm drives stick around.
 
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