Fujitsu Rolls Out 300GB Mobile HDD

Fujitsu has announced a 300GB external 2.5" HDD featuring a SATA interface internally and a USB 2.0 interface for connecting to a notebook computer. The drive also features a 16-point omnidirectional shock mounting design to protect the drive for rough handling. The MSRP for Fujitsu's new drive is $229 and it will be available during the third quarter. While Fujitsu may now hold the storage crown with its new drive, the spindle speed is a disappointing 4200RPM. The latest 250GB drives announced feature 5400RPM spindle speeds while 200GB units are spinning at 7200RPM.

"We are proud to launch the world's highest capacity 2.5" External HDD product into the marketplace at a time when consumers are demanding more storage, compact designs, and features that advance the level of data security. Fujitsu has almost forty years of experience in the hard disk drive industry, and we have successfully expanded our 2.5" HDD business over the last fourteen years," said Fujitsu's Lorne Wilson.

News source: DailyTech

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4200 RPM?
Come on, Fujitsu, please stop making 2.5" 4200 RPM drives because they are extremely slow.
No other manufacturers are making those anymore; They are dead just like 3.5" 5400 RPM drives.
You don't want to use it as a system drive, especially on Vista.

i don't know why everyone is complaining its not like someone is going to use a portable hd to transport games ( you need all that registry stuff ) this is more for music and movies which the speeds more then accommodates. Try and think of the uses before you say its horrible. I mean if you need the performance don't buy this drive, if you need something small buy it thats its only advantage.

daftperception said,
i don't know why everyone is complaining its not like someone is going to use a portable hd to transport games ( you need all that registry stuff ) this is more for music and movies which the speeds more then accommodates. Try and think of the uses before you say its horrible. I mean if you need the performance don't buy this drive, if you need something small buy it thats its only advantage.

Didn't I say "Don't use it as a system drive?"
But anyway what is the point of having 300GB when it takes a long time to read and write?
That's why they make it an external HDD so that uninformed customers would not know they are getting something that was phased out and so slow that nobody else is making.

USB 2.0? Blargh. Why cripple a SATA drive with such slow speeds?

Read Test:


* 5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 33% faster than USB 2.0
* 160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 70% faster than USB 2.0

Write Test:

* 5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 16% faster than USB 2.0
* 160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 48% faster than USB 2.0

Get any Firewire external enclosure (~$20-50) and a standard 3.5" drive of any size and speed you want. Why bother with a 2.5" 4,200 RPM slug just because it is slightly smaller? Only if your laptop doesn't have a firewire port I guess.

Look at this in comparison:

3.5" 7,200 RPM 320GB SATAII HD $79 + Firewire/USB 2.0/eSATA enclosure ($20-50) = $100-140

toadeater said,
USB 2.0? Blargh. Why cripple a SATA drive with such slow speeds?

Get any Firewire external enclosure (~$20-50) and a standard 3.5" drive of any size and speed you want. Why bother with a 2.5" 4,200 RPM slug just because it is slightly smaller? Only if your laptop doesn't have a firewire port I guess.

Look at this in comparison:

3.5" 7,200 RPM 320GB SATAII HD $79 + Firewire/USB 2.0/eSATA enclosure ($20-50) = $100-140

i totally agree. the problem is, the 3.5's and external enclosures require a separate power source no?

not long ago i bought a 2.5" 160gig 7200rpm sata, and for $20 a nice usb2/firewire/eSata enclosure for $25. it gets a lot of use and being able to carry it around and quickly plug in a single usb (or preferrably sata) cable is great

SWEET! It's about time mobile drive storage started catching up to desktop drive storage. Now if only the prices would become more similar we'd have ourselves a party