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Seagate Technology will start shipping a new range of 2.5-inch hard drives for the notebook PC market next month. In comparison to the company's existing models, a number of improvements and industry firsts are promised, like better performance and storage capacity, the company said at a conference last week.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 26, 2005

Seagate Technology will start shipping a new range of 2.5-inch hard drives for the notebook PC market next month. In comparison to the company's existing models, a number of improvements and industry firsts are promised, like better performance and storage capacity, the company said at a conference last week. Seagate Technology is a provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access, and manage information. Its new Momentus-brand hard drive series includes a 120GB drive that spins at 5400 rpm and a 100GB drive that spins at 7200 rpm. This is the first time notebook drives with these combinations of rotational speeds and capacities have been announced by Seagate, according to Mark Walker, manager of product marketing at the company. The new range of drives comes in three series that cover the high-performance, mid-range, and value notebook PC markets respectively, Walker says. The 7200.1 series offers drives with 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB capacities as well as the 100GB version. All the drives in this series run at 7200rpm. The 5400.2 series offers drives at 30GB, 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB capacities as well as the 120GB version, and all the drives run at 5400rpm. The 4200.2 series also has the same six capacities as the 5400.2 series, but the drives run at 4200rpm, the company says. Both the 7200.1 and the 5400.2 series will be available with Parallel ATA or Serial ATA interfaces, while the 4200.2 series will only be available with the Parallel ATA interface, Seagate said. While most notebook drives run at 5400rpm, the 7200.1 series drives promise to offer noticeably higher speeds, so better performance for users. According to Walker, notebook PCs with Seagate's 7200.1 drives will typically boot up Windows XP about 20% faster than the same PCs with the company's 5400.2 series drives. Better performance however, will come at a price. While Walker did not disclose specific prices for any of the drives, he did say to expect them to cost about 50% more than the company's 5400rpm drives. Presently, a number of PC vendors including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo Group are testing the new range of drives. Seagate is optimistic that these new drives will help the company triple its share of the growing global market for notebook PC drives to about 30% within three years. "We are number four right now but we want to be in the top three," Walker said.

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