Samsung spinning up 200GB, 2.5-inch drive

You'll be able to give this 7200rpm mobile hard drive a whirl in May when Samsung begins shipping the 200GB model.

Samsung's 200GB, 7200rpm, 2.5-inch drive
Samsung's 200GB, 7200rpm, 2.5-inch drive Samsung

That darned hard drive industry just keeps giving us excuses not to weed out all those old files on the laptop.

Samsung on Wednesday announced a new 2.5-inch hard drive, taking a step ahead of the herd with a 200GB model with a 7200rpm rotation speed.

The SpinPoint MP1 line also will be available in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities when it begins shipping in May, the Korean electronics giant said. The drives use a 3-gigabit-per-second SATA connection and will have 8MB or 16MB of cache memory.

Faster rotational speeds allow drives to find data more quickly and transfer it faster. Among competitors, Fujitsu is close to Samsung with a 160GB, 7200rpm model.

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