Seagate has officially launched their 2.5-inch, 5400rpm, perpindicular recording hard drives. Available in capacities upto 160GB, the new drives (the 5400.3 series) offer several advantages over previous lineups, including larger maximum capacity and better performance. LaptopLogic.com has a great overview of this new technology, including what differentiates “perpindicular recording” from traditional drive recording methods.
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The 5400.3 lineup doesn’t just bring performance and capacity improvements, Seagate also beefed up the drives’ shock tolerance. The previous 5400.2 line was rated at 250g’s operating shock, and competing drives go as far as 300-325g’s operating shock. The new 5400.3 is rated for 350g’s operating shock tolerance, a new high in drives from Fujitsu, Hitachi, and Seagate. Seagate told us they used a lighter, stiffer suspension for the perpendicular head and even took the denser base plate from the 7200.1 series.