Toshiba's 100GB 1.8'' Hard Drive

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    PCWorld reports on Toshiba's newly announced 100GB 1.8" hard drive.

    The new drive is expected to start production in January 2007. Similar drives are currently being used in the Apple iPod but top out at a maximum of 80GB. The drive will be on show at the Consumer Electronic Show which takes place between January 8th to 11th.

    While the drive is being billed as the largest 1.8" drive, Seagate announced 120GB 1.8" drives which were targeted for the last quarter of 2006.
     
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    My front page sense must have been tingling.

    Very cool stuff.
     
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    My guess- These drives will see use in iPods in Q1 2008.
     
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    Cool, but I doubt Apple will take advantage of this 'till the true Video iPod is released
     
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    120 GB widescreen video iPod! Yes, I want one!

    Frederic
     
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    Always good to have another 20GB to play with in the premium model, but I can't see them being put into the current iPod line-up - they'll possibly surface with the 6G full video ones.

    And to be honest i'd always choose a thinner, smaller capacity model.
     
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    Wow, pretty soon iPods are gonna have more hard drive space than my laptop. :(
     
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    If it's just music than yes, but if I'm gonna be stuffing my movies on the thing I want as much space as I can get. i do agree with you on the music front, but unfortunately I can't get 1/8th of my library on my 4 gig Nano.
     
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    The advancement of capacities in the 1.8" hard drive sector amaze me. 100GB on a 1.8" platter (well, 4 sides of platters, so 25GB a side, but ...). Far more progress in this area than in the 2.5" hard drive sector.

    This will see use in a future iPod, it just depends on when, which depends on how many can be made - Apple need quite a few!

    Hopefully this will mean 40-50GB single-platter drives too, replacing the 30GB drives in the $249 iPod.

    My iBook only has 40GB :(
     
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    How about a pocket-size RAID 1/5 backup/archive device using these things?
     
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    Put these babies in the rumoured 12" ultra-thin notebooks, and we might have a winner. :)
     
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    It'd be cool to have a subnotebook that incorporates an 8GB flash drive for the operating system and applications, and one of these drives for /Users.

    More and more we have the situation that we have a lot of small files that we need quick access to, and a bunch of large media files that we infrequently need slow access to. And a spinning hard drive will either be too slow and use some power, or fast and use a lot of power. Might as well use things that use way less power, and get the speed where we need it.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking!
    I hope it comes soon!!!!! MWSF would be very nice.
     
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    Sub-notebook? Bleh. 30 gb iPod? Psh. Give me triple-digit gigs or give me death.
     
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    I read a rumor a while back about Apple considering NAND flash memory for its laptops, for the OS and apps, just like you said. I hope to see it in MacBooks and MacBook Pros in Q1 2007, but we'll see. I suppose it would depend on the availability of cheap memory. Right now, 8GB of memory in a compact package isn't cheap. Then again, they could use these tiny drives and multiple memory chips and still keep the same form factor. . .
     
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    When are these going to be available for laptops?

    A 1.8 microdrive/flash drive combo. That would be great for laptops. Power saving up the wazoo.
     
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    I don't think they'll be making that release schedule. :rolleyes:
     
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    Keep in mind

    Lets not get too carried away with it. I only glossed over the article so maybe I missed read/write times, but I don't see this replacing your default hd in a notebook. If it is a microdrive then read/writes will be slower then what you will get on a 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive.

    Just my thoughts.:cool:
     
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    Actually, it's funny you mentioned that. With the price of flash memory so much lower now than it was a few years ago. maybe it's time for Apple to boost the internal memory on the iPod (the one that gives you 8 minutes or so of skip protection)? More memory would mean fewer spins up of the hard drive if you're listening to play lists straight through. So more battery time.
     
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    No, actually you won't... 1.8" drives die very quickly as boot devices. Frequent read/write just kills those little guys.

    -Clive
     
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    i hope sooner than that, but you're probably right
     
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    my guess- apple will go bigger.
     

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