As of today, Dell is offering a shock-mounted hard drive in their Latitude D610 and Precision M20 notebooks. The drive is intended for users who want superior data and system protection. The 30GB drive runs $129 and is constructed with special dampening materials inside the enclosure that can provide up to a 145 percent increase in shock protection.
Dell is the first OEM to offer this level of customization in their notebooks. Dell reacted to requests from laptop owners in fields like emergency services and the military.
“Dell welcomes the challenge of delivering product enhancements based on customer feedback and driving high-end technologies into the mainstream,” said Gretchen Miller, director, worldwide notebook product marketing. “Our current Latitude and Dell Precision mobile platforms, with the Tri-Metal chassis, reinforced LCD backs and sealed keyboards, continue the Dell tradition of excellent durability, and we look forward to improving on this quality standard.”
This additional shock resistance supplements the protective capabilities provided by Dell’s Strike Zone technology. Strike Zone is a standard feature on most Dell mobile platforms that helps protect hard drives from everyday bumps and bounces.
The move by Dell to include shock-mounted drive options shows how important securing data on mobile machines is becoming. As more users rely on notebooks as their primary machines, data integrity is becoming more critical.
We wanted to learn a little more about these drives and why the 30GB limit. The drives are actually single platter 1.8″ units, mounted inside a regular 2.5″ enclosure. Many businesses desire smaller drives, something large enough for the image and applications. Currently the largest single platter 1.8″ drive is 40GB.