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Toshiba to unveil new mini hard drive at CES 2004

updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu December 11, 2003

Toshiba mini drive at CES

Toshiba will unveil a that measures less than an inch across at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, according to CNET News.com: "The drive, about the same size as a quarter, will go inside MP3 players, set-top boxes and other consumer-electronic goods... The capacity of the new drive is not yet known, but Hitachi and others currently sell 1-inch diameter hard drives that can hold 1GB to 4GB of data. Toshiba was the first major manufacturer to come out with a 1.8-inch drive, which can now hold up to 40GB of data. Apple, in fact, uses Toshiba drives in the iPod and enjoyed almost a complete monopoly on the supply of these drives for about a year...Competition in that market, however, has been heating up. Hitachi came out with its first 1.8-inch drive in November, and Dell adopted it in its Digital Jukebox."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    1.8" drives

    Apple should stick one of the 40 GB (maybe bigger) drives, in the 12" powerbook. It's still too damn heavy.

  1. bryan.falchuk

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    Too slow

    Dude, if they did that, you'd kick yourself...they're much slower than the larger drives. Although, Apple doesn't really use the fastest laptop drives, so perhaps it's not that bad. I think they run at 3200 RPM or something like that...a lot slower than the 4200, 5400 or 7200 drives available for laptops.

    Still it would be cool to try it out, especially if Toshiba came out with a faster version of the drive.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    my iPod isn't slow

    My 40 GB iPod has sustained read and writes of 10 MB/s (or maybe more) so I don't think that speed would be a problem. However, I don't know if they are as durable as bigger drives, and might wear out from the constant use in a PC, compared with the use they get in most iPods.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    a 4 gig mini iPod

    would sell like...
    iPods.

    if it were priced right.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    At Last!

    Finally! At long last I've lived to see the day where 1 inch is something to be proud of!

  1. bryan.falchuk

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    10 MB/second?

    Are you kidding, 10 MB/second? That's WAY too slow. To give you a sense of the speed difference, an external FW400 drive runs at about 30 MB/second, and this is slower than internal drives. It's close to the sustained speeds on laptops, but not quite.

    So, you'd be slowing down the data transfer rate within your computer by a factor of 3. If you're working with graphics files, or some large file and don't have a ton of RAM, your machine will be choking.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    The first?

    "Toshiba was the first major manufacturer to come out with a 1.8-inch drive"

    Maxtor was selling 1.8 inch drives in the PCMCIA format something like 10 years ago. I think the top capacity was around 300 MB when the product got killed.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ur wrong!

    The drive that is in the ipod IS 4200 RPM. So it is not too slow. It is just as fast as the stock 2.5 drives Apple uses. Sony uses the same ipod (Toshiba 1.8) drive in the TR2 laptop and it works fine so Apple can do it too. This is why the TR2 can only go up to 40GB HD because that's all Toshiba makes. When toshiba makes a begger one we will see a bigger ipod and a TR2 with a bigger HD. The 1.8" drives are NOT slower than what's being used now.

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    one way vs. two way

    I suppose 10 MB/s may not be that quick when just writing data, but I can only clock my internal HDD when it is reading and writing simultaneously (e.g. copying a file from one location to another on the same drive).

    All I know is that when I back up my computer to my iPod, it is plenty fast enough.

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