Toshiba intros 100GB 1.8-inch hard drive suitable for iPods

“Toshiba’s storage division today said that it has produced the world’s highest-capacity, 1.8-inch hard drive with 100GB of storage. The new drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording, where bits are aligned vertically on the platter, to achieve the new record-setting density,” Electronista reports.

“Toshiba plans to start manufacturing the 100GB model in January,” Electronista reports.

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“The drives are about the same size as a PC Card and are commonly used in music players, like Apple Computer’s iPod, and compact laptop computers,” Martyn Williams eports for IDG News Service.

Williams reports, “Toshiba first developed a 1.8-inch drive in 2000. The device, which was at the time the highest capacity such drive available, could hold up to 2GB of data and cost around $740 at the time. Today the drives have not only risen in capacity but also fallen in price to the point where an Apple iPod, which includes an 80GB drive and color screen, costs $349.”

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  1. Yeah, this will make a kick-ass iPod, but it’s even better for making a substantially smaller/lighter laptop.

    Apple’s the major consumer of Toshiba 1.8″ drives. I think it’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll see these in an iPod Real Soon Now.


  2. “Do you really need an additional 25%?”

    Yes. I can see where my music collection will exceed 80gb in size within the next couple of years and it wouldn’t take that much longer before it would grow beyond 100gb. I’m sure there are many people who have large collections that they would like to keep on their ipod. More storage capacity is a good thing as long as it is reliable.

  3. The electronics industry is so incestuous.
    The same company that supplies iPod with its hard drives (at least the non-flash based ones) is the same company that builds the Zune — which for some reason can only be made so far in one model at 30gb.
    It’s like you have to cheer for Toshiba on this one thing, and against them for the lackluster Gigabeat-turned-Zune other thing.


  4. I re-ripped my music collection to lossless, and like Macaholic said, “the amount of files you need to store expands to fill the storage available. Relentlessly!”

    With hundreds of hours of video digitized, I now find I have over seven terrabytes of online storage.

    Wait ’til we start creating life forms online – characters that think, ask questions, and travel (online) on their own. Maybe Google is already visualizing that.

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