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Toshiba announces industry's largest single-platter 1.8in hard drive

by Parm Mann on 10 September 2009, 11:20

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Toshiba has today launched four new 1.8in hard drives designed for use in portable media devices. The MK1634GAL family, available in 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities, weighs less than 48 grams and measures approximately 5mm thick.

Toshiba's largest model is the industry's first to offer 160GB of storage on a single-platter 1.8in drive. The result is an areal density of up to 467 gigabits-per-square-inch. According to Toshiba, it'll keep noise levels at 14 decibels when idle and only 15 decibels when in operation, making it ideal for handheld devices.

All four drives are shipping now, and the largest 160GB model explains how Apple managed to yesterday up the maximum capacity of its revised iPod classic.

Each drive's complete specification, as detailed by Toshiba, is provided below.

Model Number MK1634GAL MK1234GAL MK8034GAL MK6034GAL
Capacity 160GB 120GB 80GB 60GB
Number of disks 1
Number of heads 2 1
Average seek time 15 ms
Interface PATA
Interface speed 100MB/s
Rotational speed 4,200 rpm
External dimensions (W)54.0 mm x (D)71.0 mm x (H)5.0 mm
Weight 48 g (max)
Energy consumption efficiency 0.0019 0.0025 0.0038 0.0050
Acoustics Idle 14dB
Seek 15dB
Vibration resistance Operating 19.6 m/s2 , 2.0G (15-500Hz)
Non-operating 49 m/s2 , 5.0G (15-500Hz)
Shock resistance Operating 5,880 m/s2 (600G , 2ms half sine wave)
Non-operating 14,700 m/s2 (1,500G , 1ms half sine wave)


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yeaaah I think almost everyone would prefer a proper slc ssd in their ultra thin netbooks that are going to come flying at us in about a month or two. UNLESS, they are mass produced, reliable and are available for £20 at your local etailer...of course...:)
i dont imagine it selling for more than £30
Subject title made me laugh......ah the joys of the English language and boredom at work.
shaithis
Subject title made me laugh......ah the joys of the English language and boredom at work.
Nanotechnology is going to be huge.
shaithis
Subject title made me laugh......ah the joys of the English language and boredom at work.

You aren't the only one :)

Those kinds of things always make me smile inside.