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Toshiba Hits 100GB Mark With 1.8-Inch Hard Drives

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OK, raise your hand if you’d like more storage in your mobile devices e.g. your MP3 player, PMP, PDA (you’re still using a PDA?), UMPC (if you’re one of the five people that bought one) or your ultra-mobile laptop. Well thank goodness there are companies like Toshiba out there increasing the storage capacity of 1.8-inch hard disk drives to 100GB.

Based on perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), Toshiba’s new MK1011GAH uses two platters to achieve the size but does it in 10 percent smaller space than previous 1.8-inch drives. Full specs can be seen after the jump, but basically the “why should I care?” on this one is that breakthroughs like this mean that your next iPod portable media player could be sporting more than 100GB of storage while being smaller and weighing less.

Toshiba 1.8-inch Hard Drives [product site]

Model Number–MK1011GAH
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Capacity (Formatted)–100GB
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Number of platters–2
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Number of heads–4
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Average seek time–15 msec
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Data transfer rate–100MB/s
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Rotational speed–4,200 rpm
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Interface–ATA-7 (LIF connector)
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External Dimensions (WxDxH; mm)–54.0×71.0x8.0
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Weight–59 g (max.)
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Energy consumption efficiency–0.003 W/GB
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Operating–4,900 m/s2 (500G, 2msec)
Shock resistance

Non-operating–14,700 m/s2 (1,500G, 1msec)
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