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Toshiba L200 Mobile 2.5" 2TB SATA HDD (HDWL120UZSVA) £57.53 @ Amazon UK
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Toshiba L200 Mobile 2.5" 2TB SATA HDD (HDWL120UZSVA) £57.53 @ Amazon UK

Posted 9th Jan

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Toshiba L200 Mobile 2.5" 2TB SATA HDD (HDWL120UZSVA)

Bulk mean these are OEM drives and comes without any fancy box . Warranty 2 Years. I have 4 of these in RAID 1 array and these are very quiet during operation. Write speed around 110MB/s - 120MB/s (depends on file size). Ideal for PS4.

Features & details:

2.5" SATA Hard Drive
5400 rpm
128 MB buffer
Toshiba Dynamic Cache Technology
Community Updates
Depth: 9.5mm
Toshiba L200 use PMR superior Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (better/faster write speeds) rather than slower SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording), used by the thinner (but much slower in terms of writing) Seagate 2.5'' 7mm 2TB drives


Why do you use laptop drives in a raid array?
Edited by: "OB1" 9th Jan
OB109/01/2020 11:34

Why do you use laptop drives in a raid array?

These are pretty good, (though bear in mind you can now get a Samsung QLC 2TB SSD for about 3x this price).

The L200 is the highest density drive you can get in this form factor 2.5'' x 9.5mm (i.e. a standard laptop drive depth of 9.5mm), that uses PMR. Higher capacity drives in 2.5'' form factor using PMR are thicker 12mm-15mm and won't fit in a standard laptop, the thicker ones are mainly made for external usb enclosures.

Thinner 7mm Seagate drives use SMR (Shingled magnetic recording), as stated above.
Edited by: "tightar5e" 9th Jan
Chuggee10/01/2020 18:31

These are …These are SMR.http://forums.storagereview.com/index.php?/topic/40729-toshiba-l200/&page=2

is that a good thing ?
Anatolijs17/01/2020 21:03

is that a good thing ?

No, they are bad for normal usage, SMR is fine for archival purposes or writing to once and reading files from many times (WORM).
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