Toshiba bumps fast 2.5-inch drives to 200GB

Toshiba's 7200RPM, 2.5-inch drives now can top out at 200GB, and a 5400RPM model grows to 320GB.

Time to stuff some more music onto your laptop.

Toshiba's new 2.5-inch 5400RPM and 7200RPM drives
Toshiba's new 2.5-inch 5400RPM and 7200RPM drives Toshiba

Toshiba has expanded capacity of its 2.5-inch drives, pushing its 5400RPM drives to 320GB and its faster 7200RPM line to 200GB, the company said Tuesday. The company aims the products not just for notebook computers, but also for other portable and consumer electronics devices.

All the models feature 12-millisecond seek times; the 5400RPM models have 8MB buffers and the 7200RPM models have 16MB.

The Japanese company, which also employs engineers in Fremont, Calif., to design its drives, couldn't help but call out a rosy Gartner forecast for 2.5-inch drives for mobile devices. The analyst firm projects worldwide shipments will more than double from 112 million drives in 2006 to more than 280 million in 2011.

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