WD 5mm HDD Hybrid Drive: Even Thinner Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hleewell, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I hope NOT, I prefer Hitachi's drives instead of crappy WD, way more problems than the former.

    Skinnier, for what????
  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    WD owns HGST which is the new name for Hitachi.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I guess it depends on whether that drive is a WD or Hitachi based design. In general from what I'm hearing is that WD drives don't seem to be bad as they used to be. However, that is for teh bare drive and not for the disk enclosures they make.

    We're basically down to 2 major hard disk manufacturers now. Seagate and Western Digital. I've lost track of which others are still separate companies, but they're much smaller players - especially in the US market.
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Hitachi as a brand is is not equal to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), and HGST is a pretty old brand (founded 2003).
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    well will 5mm tech mean that a 9.5 mm hdd can hold a 2TB? Quite frankly I do not care about skinny as much as capacity. As for a thinner smaller miniI could not care less.

    Now a smaller mac pro with a real video card yeah that I would want. Make this size gear the new mac pro.


    this can fit 3 3.5 inch hdds. maybe 6 2.5's

    a msata as a booter
    a bluray or dvd
    a full sized nvidia gtx 680 or a full sized hd7970
    a full sized power supply. I am sure apple can make it look good.
  6. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Sorry, I was not clear or precise.

    The previous IBM disk drive business was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems a few years ago. This was primarily the 3.5" and 2.5" bare drive business. HDS is part of conglomerate Hitachi.

    The 3.5" and 2.5" bare drive business was acquired by WD. Part of the 3.5" WD business had to be sold off to Toshiba due to request by Chinese government for approval of the Hitachi drive business sale to WD. Further, the agreement required that the Hitachi drive business be separate from the WD. HGST is the name used by the Hitachi 3.5" and 2.5" business, and it operates as a separate subsidiary within WD.

    Further, G-Technology is within the HGST subsidiary.

    The bare drives are marketed as HGST drives; previously marketed as Hitachi, and prior to that IBM.
  7. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Wasn't it HGST's 3.5" business that was sold to Toshiba, not WD's?
  8. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
  9. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    We don't need a "thinner" Mini.

    On the contrary, we need one with a removable "top plate", to make the removal/addition/replacement of the internal hard drive more accessible.
  11. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Yes, you are correct. That certain assets of the HGST 3.5" business were sold to Toshiba to meet the demands of the Chinese government.
  12. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    We need a thinner mini about as much as we needed a thinner iMac :rolleyes: Either way, the thickness of current drives, SSD or otherwise doesn't really dictate how thin a Mini can be. If Apple wanted they could already make a thinner Mini using existing drive technology.
  13. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    Agreed! IMO, far better that they make it higher.

    Mindful that Apple won't want to risk cannibalizing their iMacs, but I'd still like to see a future Mini offer better GPU options. Something like a mid-range, power-efficient HD 7750 with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM would be a start. Far rather that than keep dumbing down their lower-end desktop Macs for the sake of superficial appearance.
  14. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Some of the 3.5" desktop products were sold to Toshiba in exchange for a 2.5" manufacturing plant.


    The 5mm hard drives have a different SATA connector anyway.
  15. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    When the HDD increased in size by differently orientation the magnetic layer (IIRC going to 500 Gb and beyond) Hitachi had a problem to adapting to that new technology.

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