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Samsung Spinpoint MT2 1TB Review

Up until now, if a drive had 1TB or more of capacity it was automatically assumed to be a desktop drive. Not anymore – the Samsung MT2 1TB is a 2.5-inch, 12.5mm height hard drive for use in external enclosures and notebook computers. Check out our review to see the upsides and downsides of this particular drive..
While the MT2 is a 2.5-inch hard drive, keep in mind that it has a height of 12.5mm; this means it is not going to fit into all notebook computers and external enclosures. The hard drive bay in a typical notebook computer is designed to handle a drive with a 9.5mm height; there may not be enough room for a 12.5mm height drive. The highest capacity available in a 2.5-inch, 9.5mm height drive is 750GB; one example is the Seagate Momentus 750GB.
There is a reason for the extra height, of course – the MT2 is a three-platter design as opposed to the standard two- or one-platter setup for 9.5mm drives. It has to have three platters to end up with a capacity of 1TB; each platter holds 333GB of data and change. 333GB per platter is an extremely high platter density, especially considering this is a 2.5” drive. Although the MT2 only has a 5400RPM rotational speed, its high platter density may make up for some of the lost performance.
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