WORLD'S SMALLEST HARD DRIVE

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    awwwwww! It's so cute!!!!!11!1
     
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    zim

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    Wicked cool!

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

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    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
     
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    Ya right!
     
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    jxyama

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    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...
     
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    Physics

    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:
     
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    zim

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    did not do the math, I like you projection better :)
     
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    Increasing diameter of a circle by 2x, and the area goes up 4x.

    pi(R^2)
     
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    Here's the pic [​IMG]

    Pretty amazing, maybe they should use them in the iPod mini, as now doubt someone else has already stated.
     
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    That's exactly what I thought when I saw it.... without the 1's :p.

    scem0
     
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    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:
     
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    MongoTheGeek

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    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.
     
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    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
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    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.
     

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    stoid

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    Well that means it's either very very fragile, or rock solid. Is it small enough to be beyond that fragility barrier?
     
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    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?
     
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    The drive in the iPod mini is most definitely a hitachi 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
     

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