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Any sign of the Hitachi/IBM Travelstar 80GN?

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Does anyone know about the expected shipping date of the IBM/Hitachi/HGST 2.5" Travelstar 80GN?

80GN Product page

This drive has been announced in autumn 2002, if I remember correctly, with volume shipments coming in Jan 2003.

I need to upgrade in the next month or so, and the 80GN looks very attractive, but so far it's only a paper product.

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The 60GH is 12.5 mm high, while quite a few notebooks only take 9.5 mm drives like said 80GN. The 60GH has also been found to be slower than the 40GNX, so the speed advantage over the 80GN may not be very big. The fastest drive available today is probably the Toshiba MK6022GAX (5400 rpm, 9.5 mm).

I wonder what's happened to the 7200 rpm plans?

Stephan

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I'm not looking for a 5400 RPM drive.

The 80GN is only 4200 RPM, but as far as I know has much higher density that other 2.5" drives.

I believe the 40 GB 80GN is the only 2.5" 40 GB drive with only one platter.

My main concerns are low heat generation, low power, low noise.

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Does anyone know about the expected shipping date of the IBM/Hitachi/HGST 2.5" Travelstar 80GN?

80GN Product page

This drive has been announced in autumn 2002, if I remember correctly, with volume shipments coming in Jan 2003.

I need to upgrade in the next month or so, and the 80GN looks very attractive, but so far it's only a paper product.

I thought I remembered shipments anounced for March '03 (probably by Hitachi last month), which would be consistent with IBM's position in this market.

Yéti

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