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Toshiba announces 1TB 2.5-inch standard internal hard drive

Toshiba announces that it's about to ship its first 1TB hard drive that comes in a standard laptop design.

Following Western Digital, Toshiba announced today that it's now shipping its first 1TB standard 2.5-inch, 9mm-thick internal hard drive for laptops, the MQ01ABD series.

This is the company's first 2.5-in internal hard drive that's based on the 500GB-per-platter technology that offers the areal density of 744Gb per square inch.

Previously, most high-capacity 2.5-inch internal hard drives came in the new 12.5mm thickness standard and therefore were not compatible with most laptops and other applications.

The new drive comes in capacities from 250GB to 1TB, features SATA 2 (3Gbps), and spins at 5,400rpm. Toshiba says the MQ01ABD drive is ideal for notebook and compact desktop PCs and mobile workstations. It can also be used in other applications such as gaming consoles, DVR set-top boxes, and as external storage.

According to Toshiba, the new drive consumes only 0.55 watt while idle and emits a maximum of 19dB at idle and 24dB noise during seek operations.

The new drive will be available at the middle of the month. It's currently unclear how much it will cost.

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