Acer is offering the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 hard drive – which offers 500GB of storage, and is 2.5 inches wide – with its Aspire and TravelMate notebook PCs.
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The drive, the fourth generation of Seagate’s notebook family to use capacity-boosting Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology, combines a Serial ATA 3GB/second interface and capacities of 500GB, 320GB, 250GB, 160GB and 120GB with 8MB of cache.
To help protect data, the hard drive is built to withstand up to 1,000 Gs of non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock, making it ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of vibration.
For extra durability in mobile environments, Momentus 5400.6 hard drive are offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a notebook PC is dropped.
The sensor works by detecting any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity, then parking the head off the disc to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches. Moreover, the drive is thrifty on power consumption, allowing mobile notebook users to work longer between battery charges, and almost inaudible due to Seagate’s SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors.