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2.5-Inch Hard Disk Drives to Start Seeing Adoption Next Year in Desktop PCs

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New demand from all-in-one desktop PCs combined with requirements for new processors, lower power consumption and a thinner, smaller storage alternative to existing 3.5-inch hard disc drives (HDD) will help create a viable market for 2.5-inch HDDs beginning next year, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space market brief from information and analysis provider IHS.

Shipments of 2.5-inch HDDs to all-in-one PCs are forecast to reach approximately 1 million units in 2013, up from virtually zero this year. Shipments will then increase to 3 million units the following year and move up steadily until they hit some 7 million units in 2016. The HDD market for all-in-one PCs will continue to be dominated by 3.5-inch discs, with shipments by 2016 estimated at 31 million units, but growth will be much slower for the segment during the same period.

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not a bad idea but then again not really a great one either. as they sacrifice performance for price. i understand if they wanted to put them in sff sysems and htpc's but on standard desktops that would be silly when 3.5" can be so much faster
 

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not a bad idea but then again not really a great one either. as they sacrifice performance for price. i understand if they wanted to put them in sff sysems and htpc's but on standard desktops that would be silly when 3.5" can be so much faster
3.5" drives aren't really that much faster in practice than 2.5" drives 7200RPM drives.
 

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I've been using a 2.5" drive as my storage drive in my PC for over a year. I don't need that much (500GB is plenty) and I need the extra space inside the case, plus it matches the size of my SSD's (makes custom mounting easier).
 
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I can finally claim to be an early adopter in tech land...
 
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Nice. So easy to get rack cases with 2.5" mounts/carriers, but only a handful of options otherwise. Hopefully this trends pushes more cases to become 2.5" friendly (and smaller, tidier).

Because with more boards coming out with mSATA slots, and PCIe SSDs becoming more common, I'm ready for cage-less cases now! ;)
 
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Dang, we will have to go back to screwing our HDD's into the racks rather than using the easy toolless designs. :cry:
 
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Two disadvantages of the 2.5-inch HDD are speed and price. Most 2.5-inch drives typically run at 5,400 revolutions per minute (rpm), compared to 7,200 rpm for the 3.5-inch.

I loled here. To bad the 10K Velociraptors are the exceptions from the rule...;) ;also the lot of laptops with 7.2K rpm drives...
 
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I loled here. To bad the 10K Velociraptors are the exceptions from the rule...;) ;also the lot of laptops with 7.2K rpm drives...
Yes, typically 2.5" laptop drives run at 5,400RPM to save on power, this does hurt performance. However, as you point out, there are plenty of 2.5" drives that put performance as a priority. Heck, my next OS mechanical drive is definitely going to be the 2.5" Momentus XT. Just because it is 2.5", that doesn't mean it has to be 5,400RPM.

Dang, we will have to go back to screwing our HDD's into the racks rather than using the easy toolless designs. :cry:
Shouldn't be an issue, as the industry shifts to the 2.5" standard, and it is already happening with SSDs, case manufacturers will start to design more cases with 2.5" in mind with the same toolless designs they use on 3.5" drives. Or heck, at the very least use a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter in a 3.5" toolless slot and get two drives in the space of one.
 
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