While 200GB laptop drives are nothing new -- we've already seen models from a number of manufacturers, and even a 300GB behemoth from Fujitsu -- Hitachi is claiming that its latest 2.5-inch HDD, the Travelstar 7K200, is the "industry's highest-capacity, highest-performing notebook hard drive with optional data encryption technology." Said bulk encryption, which uses a key to scramble and unscramble data as it's written and read, is implemented at the hardware level and is said to obviate the need for devices such as degaussers because users can simply delete the key before disposing of the drive. You'll be able to get your hands on a retail 7K200 sometime this summer for about $250, or if you simply can't wait for this supposedly unrivaled combo of capacity and security, Dell is offering these platters immediately on all its XPS and Alienware notebooks, with 400GB dual-drive configurations also available.

[Via PC Launches]