IBM Laptops to Get Faster Hard Drives
IBM will use Hitachi's new Travelstar 7K60 drive, which spins up to 7,200 RPM, in its ThinkPad laptops.Laptops with faster hard drives will be available this summer from IBM and other companies, officials of drive maker Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. said this week. Most mobile 2.5-inch drives spin their media at 5,400 revolutions per minute, but Hitachis newest units go up to 7,200 RPM, thereby improving read/write and seek times. IBM will use the new Travelstar 7K60 drive in ThinkPad laptops, said officials in Armonk, N.Y. Unspecified other major computer vendors will announce the drive "over the next few months," said Bill Healy, general manager of the San Jose, Calif.-based Hitachi GST, of which IBMs an investor.
What kept prior mobile drives from reaching the 7,200 RPM speed, typically associated with desktop computers, were obstacles in power consumption, sound levels and weight, said Rocky Bolasna, manager of air bearing and fly-height technology.
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