Seagate launches 640GB notebook drive

By Justin Mann on January 5, 2010, 7:00 PM
Seagate pushed out a new device in the Momentus line today, introducing a 2.5" 640GB drive. Aimed at notebooks that need mass amounts of storage, the 5400RPM drive uses a 2-platter design and sports 8MB of cache, making it at an impressive addition to their mobile storage lineup.

They aren't the first to have a 640GB notebook drive, with Western Digital beating them to the punch by several months. Both drives have comparable specifications, so there's nothing spectacular about Seagate's release. We can expect the Momentus 5400.7 to sell for around $120, comparable to the Western Digital Blue Scorpio.

These two vendors are now the only ones to offer 640GB 2.5" drives. Will others move in as well, or instead reach for the loftier goal of 1TB? As demand increases for higher-capacity SSDs, we must wonder if SSDs or traditional disks will be the R&D priority for this year.

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matchu said:

I'd like to see more SSD development. More of that = cheaper products = hurray ^^

If they weren't so expensive, I would've bought an SSD for my build. oH well.

DragonMaster said:

... and Western Digital released the 1TB, 2.5" Scorpio Blue a long time ago.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At this point my next computer will be dual drive (small fast SSD with large traditional HD). Would love to see SSD's come down in price and go up in size to the point where i can have one drive :-)

Puiu Puiu said:

In 2011 SSD's will become more affordable and in 2012-2013 they will become mainstream (good prices and good performance - yes!!).

Guest said:

But the 1Tb WD notebook drive is a 12.5mm height drive, whereas the 640Gb drives are the more common 9mm height drives.

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