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Toshiba Introduces High-Performance Half-Terabyte 2.5-Inch HDD

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced a new family of high-performance 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs, including a top-end half-terabyte capacity.

The four-model line-up delivers more than a 13 percent performance improvement in disk operations compared to Toshiba's previous 7,200 RPM family, while decreasing environmental impact by eliminating or reducing the use of certain toxic and hazardous chemicals. The series also carries the SATA-certified 3Gb/s logo, which indicates successful completion of stringent interface compliance testing defined by the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the industry body responsible for setting the standards for Serial ATA interface technologies.

Toshiba's high-performance MKxx56GSYseries offers capacities up to 500GB(1) for commercial and consumer notebook PCs, gaming notebooks and all-in-one desktop PCs. In addition to enhanced performance, the MKxx56GSY models boost responsiveness of the overall system in areas such as application loading and general data processing. The family also offers extended battery life with lower power consumption in standby and sleep modes and faster start-up operation, thereby enhancing user experience.

With these performance features, the new line is well-suited for productivity-oriented, data-intensive and gaming applications, including general computing, graphic and image rendering, and scientific computing, while the power economies make it a fit for all-in-one and EnergyStar PCs.

The series also features best-in-class areal density of 395 Gb/in(2). At 500GB, the top-capacity HDD can store up to either 142,000 digital photos, 131,000 digital music files, 222 hours of DVD-quality video or 58 hours of high-definition video(3).

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