If the iPod has a 160GB HDD, why couldn't they use it in the MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by loft3, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2006
    The iPod has a 160GB 1.8-inch HHD. How come they couldn't put that in a MacBook Air?
  2. Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Its thicker than the 80GB drive. 160GB shouldn't take too long to come to the Air.
  3. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    The 80GB is a single platter HD, the 160GB a dual platter. I've heard nothing about anyone having a 160GB single platter 1.8" hard drive in development :confused:
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    The 160 ipod is actually thicker than the 80. (I got two at Christmas to replace our 3 gen ipods.) My daughter got the 80 and I got the 160.

    Probably that difference in size made it too difficult to fit into the MBA.
  5. macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Toshiba is supposedly working on a single-platter 160 GB HD in the 1.8" form factor, but it's not due out until 2009.

    And in case anyone wants specifics, the single-platter 80 GB 1.8" HD in the MBA is 5mm thick; the dual-platter, 160 GB 1.8" HD in the iPod Classic is 8 mm thick... 60% thicker, 3mm of extra space that the MBA simply doesn't have inside.

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