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Grimace
Mar 16, 2004, 12:06 PM
[Released in January]

I wouldn't want a micro-pod this small, but maybe it would be useful in a cell phone...that's a lot of stored phone numbers...

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/03/16/toshiba.record.reut/index.html

alxths
Mar 16, 2004, 12:45 PM
awwwwww! It's so cute!!!!!11!1

zim
Mar 16, 2004, 12:51 PM
Wicked cool!

So if this drive is capable of 4GB, then we should see larger capacity drives for the iPod mini soon. Toshiba rocks!

Juventuz
Mar 16, 2004, 01:03 PM
This could bea big boost for cell phone/computer makers.

Imagine an Apple mobile phone, that's also a mobile mp3 player. It's an iPod in a phone. That would be amazing.

TEG
Mar 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
How about we use them in a RAID setup to create the smallest Fully Functional Mac. It wouldn't need to be much bigger than 1.5 Laptop CD Rom Drives.

The New Mini-Mac
1.2 Ghz G5
1GB RAM (Expandable to 4 GB)
Superdrive
40GB-120GB RAID Nano-HD Cluster
Radeon 9800 w/128MB RAM with ADC and DVI connectors
2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 FW400, 1 FW800, 10/100 Base-T/TX Ethernet, 56K Modem
AirPort Extreme Built-In
Blue Tooth Built-In
Security Card Access Available
Running Mac OS 10.3.3
All in 5.5"x3"x8"
Will run at any angle.

Comes with Brackets to Mount on Desk, Under Desk, on Wall, And on both CRTs and LCD Monitors.

All for only $600

TEG

javabear90
Mar 16, 2004, 01:28 PM
How about we use them in a RAID setup to create the smallest Fully Functional Mac. It wouldn't need to be much bigger than 1.5 Laptop CD Rom Drives.

The New Mini-Mac
1.2 Ghz G5
1GB RAM (Expandable to 4 GB)
Superdrive
40GB-120GB RAID Nano-HD Cluster
Radeon 9800 w/128MB RAM with ADC and DVI connectors
2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 FW400, 1 FW800, 10/100 Base-T/TX Ethernet, 56K Modem
AirPort Extreme Built-In
Blue Tooth Built-In
Security Card Access Available
Running Mac OS 10.3.3
All in 5.5"x3"x8"
Will run at any angle.

Comes with Brackets to Mount on Desk, Under Desk, on Wall, And on both CRTs and LCD Monitors.

All for only $600

TEG




Ya right!

jxyama
Mar 16, 2004, 01:50 PM
How about we use them in a RAID setup to create the smallest Fully Functional Mac.

i was just thinking RAIDing inside a mini... for no other reason than just because it can be done. :D

imagine a mini with this HD... and the freed up space filled with battery - that ought to increase the battery life quite a bit...

jayb2000
Mar 16, 2004, 03:08 PM
Wicked cool!

So if this drive is capable of 4GB, then we should see larger capacity drives for the iPod mini soon. Toshiba rocks!

OK, its been way to long, but if you double the diameter of a circle, don't you quadruple the surface area?
So if the head's on the 1.8 disk can be updated to the same level as the new drive, we could have 16gb (ok 15 to make it easy) minis by xmas!

That could be cool.
:cool:

zim
Mar 16, 2004, 03:13 PM
OK, its been way to long, but if you double the diameter of a circle, don't you quadruple the surface area?
So if the head's on the 1.8 disk can be updated to the same level as the new drive, we could have 16gb (ok 15 to make it easy) minis by xmas!

That could be cool.
:cool:

did not do the math, I like you projection better :)

Grimace
Mar 16, 2004, 08:06 PM
OK, its been way to long, but if you double the diameter of a circle, don't you quadruple the surface area?
So if the head's on the 1.8 disk can be updated to the same level as the new drive, we could have 16gb (ok 15 to make it easy) minis by xmas!

That could be cool.
:cool:

Increasing diameter of a circle by 2x, and the area goes up 4x.

pi(R^2)

Opteron
Mar 17, 2004, 12:03 AM
Here's the pic http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2004/TECH/ptech/03/16/toshiba.record.reut/story.toshiba.drive.cnn.jpg

Pretty amazing, maybe they should use them in the iPod mini, as now doubt someone else has already stated.

scem0
Mar 17, 2004, 12:06 AM
awwwwww! It's so cute!!!!!11!1

That's exactly what I thought when I saw it.... without the 1's :p.

scem0

ColoJohnBoy
Mar 17, 2004, 11:39 AM
I'd love to see these suckers put in digital cameras. My 128 MB flash card holds 80 3.2 MP photos....So that would put a 4 GB hard drive at right around 2500..... :cool:

MongoTheGeek
Mar 17, 2004, 12:16 PM
I'd love to see these suckers put in digital cameras. My 128 MB flash card holds 80 3.2 MP photos....So that would put a 4 GB hard drive at right around 2500..... :cool:

Think bigger, um err. Make that smaller.

take the 4g of microdrive, slap it onto an i-sight and add a battery. A $500 DV camcorder smaller than... well hell a lot of things.

MacBoyX
Mar 17, 2004, 12:22 PM
I think it is the one they used in the iPod or at least the same form factor. Why?

1. I have a 1GB IBM Microdrive (it's in a compact flash card enclosure) and it's the same size as this hd next to a quarter.
2. I saw pics of an mini taken apart and the hard drive was the same form factor as my Microdrive (and did i mention that IBM sold it's Drive business to Hitachi...who makes the iPod mini's HDs?)

DISCLAIMER: I could be wrong.

macboyx

Ajmbc
Mar 17, 2004, 08:20 PM
yeah, that does look like one of those hitachi drives taken apart.

See attachment below:

(This is the drive used in the iPod Mini)

-ajmbc

Edit: They say the head of this drive is the size of a grain of salt, and the space between it and the actual disk is like a boeing 747 flying a millimeter away from the earth's surface! :eek: Now that's small.

stoid
Mar 17, 2004, 11:36 PM
They say the head of this drive is the size of a grain of salt, and the space between it and the actual disk is like a boeing 747 flying a millimeter away from the earth's surface! :eek: Now that's small.

Well that means it's either very very fragile, or rock solid. Is it small enough to be beyond that fragility barrier?

arn
Mar 18, 2004, 11:27 AM
Just a reminder that this has been discussed previously:

http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031215121009.shtml

Schmittroth
Mar 18, 2004, 02:06 PM
Just a reminder that this has been discussed previously:

http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031215121009.shtml

So is this the same drive? The current minis use a 4gb in a Compact Flash chip size. A quarter isn't much smaller than my CF card. Assuming that the drive is in the CF housing wouldn't that make it the same drive?

Ajmbc
Mar 18, 2004, 08:16 PM
The drive in the iPod mini is most definitely a hitachi drive.

So is this the same drive? The current minis use a 4gb in a Compact Flash chip size. A quarter isn't much smaller than my CF card. Assuming that the drive is in the CF housing wouldn't that make it the same drive?

No, i'm assuming that the toshiba is slightly smaller then the hitachi, and they are made by two different companies. The toshiba will most definitely go into a cf housing, however.


-ajmbc