Consumer hard drive reviews include 2.5" HDDs with 5mm, 7mm or 9.5mm z-heights and 3.5" form factor hard drives. The consumer hard drive review category also includes solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) reviews which focus on hard drives united with flash storage for caching and better overall performance.
by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 2.5-inch Solid State Hybrid Drives For Notebooks Released

Toshiba has announced their new 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive is now available, offering a quick and easy way to upgrade any major brand of notebook computer. With the new hybrid SSD, Toshiba combines its proven and reliable hard drive and NAND technology with a Serial ATA interface to offer a significant performance, capacity and compatibility boost.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung Spinpoint M9T Hard Drive Review

The Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drive for portable and space constrained devices provides a massive 2TB of storage in a standard 9.5mm, 2.5” form factor. This innovative drive, which provides the largest storage available in a standard drive height, is ideal for the consumer wishing to greatly supplement the storage of their notebook, game system or other unique application.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review

The WD Blackis a combination drive for portable users that presents both a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD to the host system leveraging only a single SATA port. Rather than only enhance their hybrid HDD portfolio, WD Labs came up with the idea to essentially sandwich two drives together. The architecture is both novel and pretty impressive. Each drive is managed by a controller that plays traffic cop, directing the IO to each drive from the single SATA port. The drive comes in just the single 1TB/120GB capacity point and has a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Spinpoint M9T Mobile Hard Drive; M3 and P3 Portable Now Shipping

Samsung hard drive storage, a division of Seagate, is now shipping the new 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T, which is the world's first 9.5mm thin 2TB hard drive, satisfying the growing consumer demand for storage capacity in mobile applications.  The Spinpoint M9T mobile drive is offered in capacities of 1.5TB and 2TB and gives OEMs, channel system integrators and consumers a high-capacity storage solution ideal for external storage, notebook integration and upgrades, desktop, and gaming system applications in a standard form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Black 4TB Desktop Hard Drive Review (WD4003FZEX)

The WD Black 4TB desktop hard drive is the latest high-capacity, high-performance drive from WD. The 4TB Black isn't entirely new of course, WD has been shipping a drive in this configuration for over a year. The prior 4TB model, WD4001FAEX, was a big step up at the time as it doubled the capacity of the 2TB Caviar Black and topped throughput by 12%. This time around, the WD4003FZEX doesn't get WD any higher capacity, but it does boast some aggressive performance claims. WD figures performance gains of anywhere between 26%-48% depending on the capacity thanks to an improved dual-core processor and other controller and firmware improvements.

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by Brian Beeler

HGST Travelstar Z5K1000 Announced; Ships Over 100 Million 7mm 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drives

HGST has announced the Travelstar Z5K1000, its new 2.5-inch 1TB drive and the industry’s fastest 7.0 mm 5,400 RPM HDD with best-in-class shock robustness for thin, ultra-portable laptops, Ultrabooks, external storage, and ultra-compact CE devices. HGST’s 7.0 mm Z-series HDD product line features common connectors and mounting points for easy integration into existing systems, which enables greater design flexibility for new thinner, lighter, and more robust consumer electronics devices.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MQ02ABF Series Announced - 7mm Two-Platter Notebook HDD

Toshiba has announced the slim, 7mm two-platter MQ02ABF series 2.5-inch 5,400 RPM SATA hard disk drive. The MQ02ABF series is Toshiba’s first two platter 7mm HDD model, which combines both the performance and power efficiency needed for thin mobile computing applications. The MQ02ABF HDD series is available in 750GB and 1TB capacities while featuring a rigid chassis design and dual stage head positioning technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Desktop SSHD Review

The Seagate Desktop SSHD hybrid is the first desktop 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface drive. The SSHD hybrid is Seagate's marriage of solid state performance with hard disk drive capacity at an affordable price. Using NAND flash to increase system performance, Seagate claims the SSHD hybrid will increase system performance by up to 4x faster than standard 7,200 RPM HDD by using adaptive memory technology that learns the data users access most frequently and adds it to the solid-state memory for instant access.

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by Josh Linden

WD Black HDD Enhancements Announced

WD has announced updates across the WD Black line of high-performance 7,200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drives. The WD Black family is available in capacities from 1TB to 4TB and is engineered for applications such as workstations, gaming PCs, and all-in-one devices that benefit from higher performance and high capacity. The refreshed drives feature model numbers in the format of WD(#)003FZEX where the third digit represents the capacity in terabytes.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Desktop HDD.15 Review (ST4000DM000)

The Seagate Desktop HDD.15 is a 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface drive with a unique spindle speed of 5,900RPM that hits the 4TB capacity mark and is explicitly designed for desktop implementation. Building on their 3TB Barracuda drive (now rebranded HDD.14), the Desktop HDD.15 uses Seagate's 1TB platters inside. Thanks to the slower spindle speed, Seagate has been able to drive down power consumption on the Desktop HDD.15 to an average of 7.5W, an idle rating of 5W, and standup and sleep mode ratings of just 0.75W.

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