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Toshiba introduces 0.85-inch hard drive

“Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor storage, today [Jan. 7] announced the development of a 0.85-inch hard disk drive (HDD), the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor. Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004.”

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WOW!!!! i am in total amazement… its the size of a stamp

Posted by bb_dg on January 10, 2004 at 7:29 PM (CST)


The mini is the future of the iPod. Sooner or later these sub 1 inch drives will have 40 + gig capacity.

Posted by Chris on January 10, 2004 at 7:52 PM (CST)


yea thats the amazing thing… the first 1.8 was a 5 gig

Posted by bb_dg on January 10, 2004 at 8:13 PM (CST)


and the faithful floppy disc falls further into the abyss…

i shall not be sad to see it go…

Posted by m0nkey on January 10, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CST)


Holy Crap!  Now personally I think the iPod mini would be the smallest preferable size for a music player.  So the greatest thing about this development is that, like Chris said above me, that we could have something like an iPod mini with 40GB or so.

Posted by Matt Latham on January 10, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CST)


I hope that these futher advances in miniaturizition will lead not just to smaller iPods, but more room for bigger batteries. I am a faithful iPodder, but if the 4G iPods do not have better battery life, I might be forced to switch. It is dissapointing to see otherwise mediocre players such as the Dell JukeBox getting up to 20 hrs of juice, while most iPods conk out around 6-7.

Posted by XsneakygreekX on January 10, 2004 at 9:20 PM (CST)


I agree with Xsneaky…

...also, I cannot get over the size of it.  My dad saw it at the CES show in LA.  He said it was incredible.

Posted by Mr. E. Mann on January 11, 2004 at 12:09 AM (CST)


Wow!  That’s nice!

This would mean PDA’s with lots of room for proggies, music, pictures, and all the junk you’d want to carry!

Posted by Cabbit on January 11, 2004 at 12:49 AM (CST)


yeah…....with one of these but still the size of the iPod….......the rest of the room used for the 1258 hour battery. Apple would get it down to 10 hours that lasts 6 months.

Posted by stunion. on January 11, 2004 at 1:33 AM (CST)


mOnkey, as far as I’m concerned the floppy was dead the minute I bought a 256MB USB 2.0 key for less than $50.

The ramifications of this small HD go far beyond the music player.  This will allow for smaller laptops, and someday a desktop that will be the size of current laptops.

Posted by rdlink on January 11, 2004 at 8:38 AM (CST)


A desktop would only become the size of a laptop that with its small size it also kept the performance and upgradeability of a desktop.

Posted by Jon on January 11, 2004 at 2:46 PM (CST)


cant wait for a 40+gb @ that size *whoa :o*

Posted by Peter on January 11, 2004 at 5:41 PM (CST)


Now I can’t wait for teh Micro iPods

Posted by Random Acts on January 12, 2004 at 12:36 PM (CST)

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