updated 10:55 pm EDT, Tue September 1, 2009
Toshiba 640GB Note Drive
Becoming one of the few to cross the 500GB milestone, Toshiba late on Tuesday added a 640GB drive to its notebook-sized GSX hard drives. With two platters to make up its entire storage, the 5,400RPM disk is thin enough at 9.5mm tall to fit in thin-and-light notebooks and also gets incidental boosts from the increased density. Toshiba claims that it's faster, with "significant" speed-ups through the reduced amount of time finding data, and that it consumes 28 percent less power compared to earlier models.
Any computer with an appropriate drive bay and a free SATA I or II port can use the drive, which takes extra green credentials through a reduced amount of toxins and which has an anti-shock sensor. Sampling for companies willing to use the 640GB drives start this month, though Toshiba is silent as to when mass production starts both for pre-made computers and stand-alone versions.