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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets 201

cold fjord writes "ZDNet reports, 'Seagate on Monday took the wraps off a hard drive designed for tablets that brings 7x the storage capacity of a 64GB device with the same performance as a Flash drive. The drive, the Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD, uses software to boost performance. The idea is that Android tablet manufacturers will use the Seagate drive, along with the company's mobile enablement kit and caching software, to up the storage. The 2.5-inch drive is 5 mm thin and weighs 3.3 ounces. As for capacity, the drive has 500GB---enough for 100,000 photos and 125,000 songs.' More at The Wall Street Journal."
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

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  • no thanks (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:36PM (#44800647)

    no thanks. I'm more interested in moveing devices from mechanical to solid state, not the other way around.

  • by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:37PM (#44800665)
    With PCs, a piece of hardware could start of as an add-on for enthusiasts, then be integrated by an OEM if it was gaining traction. (Accelerated 3d graphics, for example, caught on this way). But tablets and cellphones are so monolithic that end-user swapping of storage is practically impossible.
  • SSD or GTFO (Score:4, Insightful)

    by babtras ( 629678 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:37PM (#44800677)
    I'm not keen to have spinning parts in a device that I drop a couple times a day.
  • Re:no thanks (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 09, 2013 @02:46PM (#44800849)

    Yeah, the iPod was such a huge failure.

  • Units, much? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Doofus ( 43075 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @03:15PM (#44801291)
    I love the jumble of Imperial and SI units in the summary. Great work!
  • Re:no thanks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @03:21PM (#44801343)

    Wonder how well the drive can take constant shocks and jostling that tablets are subject to. I may not be a HDD expert, but I wonder if just the tapping on a screen might be enough to cause a head crash, especially on a higher RPM drive.

    There is no way that tapping the screen would cause a head crash with any hard drive. Disks inside laptops would be dead too soon if that was the case. However if you drop the tablet on a floor, we can start talking about whether this kind of drive would be damaged. Obviously, flash memory will be better in that kind of situation. Of course there are other components to take into consideration too, such as the screen, which might crack when the tablet is dropped.

  • Re:no thanks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by plover ( 150551 ) on Monday September 09, 2013 @03:27PM (#44801413) Homepage Journal

    why would anyone let aged technologies play an important role in new devices?

    Cost and capabilities. Spinny disks will be a lot cheaper, and hold a lot more data. If that's what you need, and aren't as concerned about shocks, durability, longevity, or access speed, then 'yay disks'.

    Places where these might come in useful: Low end larger-screen digital media players. Kiosks (think of the tap-your-phone-number-at-checkout loyalty programs.) Smaller shelf signs and advertising in stores, where unit cost is the limiting factor.

    Don't get too hung up in the idea that "tablet" means the same thing to everyone. It doesn't have to mean "usage model". Sometimes it can just mean "useful shape".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 09, 2013 @03:45PM (#44801681)

    Sorry, folks, but these editors need to be keelhauled, boiled in oil, or tarred and feathered. When I see "5mm hard disk" in a headline that has no summary on the front page, I think that this is a micro-sized HDD that is 5mm wide. That would be an incredible jump in density! In fact, this is a STANDARD 2.5in sized HDD that is only 5mm thick. They have been making HDDs roughly this size FOR YEARS.

    Occasionally, I come back here to read some "news," and I am quickly refreshed on why this site has sunken into the abyss.

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