Toshiba gives mini drive mammoth room

Aiming to squeeze more storage into portable devices, Toshiba has announced plans to boost the capacity of its super-small 0.85-inch hard disk to 10GB.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  January 9, 2006

Aiming to squeeze more storage into portable devices, Toshiba has announced plans to boost the capacity of its super-small 0.85-inch hard disk to 10GB. Toshiba made the announcement during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) currently being held in Las Vegas in the US. The firm also unveiled its new 4GB 0.85-inch hard disk, which currently holds the world record for being the smallest hard disk. In order to create larger data capacities in the future, the firm plans to shift its perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology onto the .85-inch disk. PMR is a method of recording digital data on a magnetic disk, whereby bits of information are stored vertically instead of horizontally (as this arrangement takes up less space). “Today's consumer electronics products demand big muscle in a small package, and 0.85-inch drives with increased capacity are completely altering the capabilities of devices,” stated Scott Maccabe, general manager of Toshiba’s storage group. Once released, the new drives are expected to appear in portable devices such a MP3 players, digital camcorders, media players and mobile phones.

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