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Forbes: Toshiba to double 1.8-inch HDD output in March

“Toshiba does not disclose the names of its 1.8-inch HDD customers, but the rise in output is expected in part to fill demand from Apple Computer Inc. for its iPod digital music player.”

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I REALLY like the smaller form factor of the 3G 15Gb and 20Gb models. It would be really nice to see a 40Gb hard drive in one of those models.

Do you think it’s possible to do an upgrade when these hard drives are released? Or are connectors and formating going to be an issue?

Posted by ILoveMusic on November 11, 2003 at 9:11 AM (CST)


Don’t know about you but the store around the corner got the 10gb-20gb-40bg models after I got 15gb. Connectors are 3rd Gen.

Can’t imagine the possibilities that all this 1.8 HDD will bring. Manufactures must have tons of ideas. A 40gb PDA?

Posted by Compacto on November 11, 2003 at 9:59 AM (CST)


ILoveMusic—Hard drive upgrades have been possible in the past.  It is likely that they will be in the future as well.

BTW… Double output = Cheaper HDDs?? Maybe ;-)

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on November 11, 2003 at 10:03 AM (CST)


Yea…a few weeks after i bought my 15Gb, Apple releases their 20 and 40Gb models. Oh well…such is life in the world of technology.

And you are right about the possibilities, things just keep getting smaller and smaller. It gave me chills when you mentioned a PDA with a hardrive.

Posted by ILoveMusic on November 11, 2003 at 10:05 AM (CST)


I don’t see why they couldn’t do a PDA w/ a hard drive today.  the ipod is about the same size…

Posted by 787 on November 11, 2003 at 11:10 AM (CST)


I upgraded my Zen to 80GB, and come January I will swap that out for the new 120GB 2.5” HDs.

But there are smaller solutions than the 1.8”. Has anyone seen the new Rio that uses the 1” 1.5GB Cornice drive? I understand a bunch of other manufacturters are bringing out players using this drive.

They make the iPod look bulky! I hear COrnice have a 5GB version coming next year. THat is serious storage!

Maybe Apple needs to bring out a mini-iPod using this new drive?

Posted by OnlyForward on November 11, 2003 at 12:48 PM (CST)


Battery life would be a major issue if you want a colored screen.  If it’s a bw screen and pretty small, then it would work.

Posted by tetro on November 11, 2003 at 4:30 PM (CST)


The new Archos Gmini hare very small and have a full-color screen and some PDA stuff going on. They get 10 hours battery.

The video Lyra gets 8 hours battery with a beautiful full color TFT LCD screen, video & photo viewing, and PDA functions.

And here’s that Lyra with the 1” hard disk. No word on its battery life.

Dimensions (WxHxD) Inches: 2.20x2.20x.9

Posted by Gmini on November 11, 2003 at 4:38 PM (CST)

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