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Toshiba rolls out 220GB, extra-compact 1.8-inch hard drive

updated 05:35 am EST, Tue January 25, 2011

Also comes in 160GB, 200GB flavors

Toshiba Storage Device Division has introduced its MKxx39GS series 1.8-inch spinning platter drives with SATA connectors. This gives the drives a 10 percent smaller footprint when compared to standard 1.8-inch drives, allowing the drive to be used in a wider range of applications. Intended uses include tablets, netbooks, and compact external drives. The new drives come in three capacities at 160GB, 200GB and 220GB.

The Toshiba MKxx39GS series incorporate a 16MB buffer and can withstand mobile applications, tolerating up to 1,500Gs of non-operational shock and 600Gs of operational shock. They are also designed for quiet operation operating at 14dB at idle and 15dB at seek and sip only 0.35 Watts of power at low idle making them the lowest power consuming SATA drive currently on the market.

The first shipping samples will be available to OEM partners in February.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod Classic.

    Please pray Apple continues the high capacity device line. I'm really in line for a new Classic (at least 160GB), but don't want the same one that's available now.

  1. JoeSlater

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Metric inches?

    How is 1.8 inches 10% smaller than 1.8 inches? Is anybody proofing these posts?

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Energy consumption

    That .35 watts of energy at idle compares with .09 watts at idle of an SSD. Which would be better for battery life on a portable device? Not to mention that an SSD is 3 to 40 times faster for everything.

    Brand new gadgets that were obsolete years before their introduction!

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bigger iPod Classic

    I just bought a new 160GB iPod Classic, but sure wish it had one of these puppies in it! I'll take a bigger, faster and, most likely, less power consuming iPod Classic any day!

    I'll use my old 80GB Classic for opera only. I wonder how many Ring Cycle recordings will fit? I have 5. ;^)

    @haysek... There is a place in Apple's iPod lineup for one with sheer mass storage capacity. There are those of us who rip music from our CD collections using Apple Lossless and want as much capacity as we can get! I've not bought one song from the iTS.

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You must be joking if you think there will be a 220gig iTouch in the near future. Our only hope for mass storage in an iPod would be a Classic with a rotating hard drive like this. Otherwise, we will be waiting for years.

    I would like more storage in my iPod too because I like to load it with instructional videos for social dance, like Salsa, Swing, and Argentine Tango. My 5th gen iPod has been full for a couple years.

  1. juraiprince

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you own an iPod 5G (with video)...

    you are in luck! You can get a nice big beefy 240GB drive to replace the 30 or 60GB drive that's in there now, AND at the same time replace the battery with a brand new 850mAH one for $199 from Apricorn (

    They even have them on sale from time to time for $139!! I've had mine for well over a year now and it is working great!

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