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Toshiba announced two new 1.8″ hard disk drives this week with production expected in the third quarter of this year. The drives come in a 30 GB model which slims down the drive to only 5mm, and a 60 GB model, which is the highest capacity […]

tosh_60_gb_hddToshiba announced two new 1.8″ hard disk drives this week with production expected in the third quarter of this year. The drives come in a 30 GB model which slims down the drive to only 5mm, and a 60 GB model, which is the highest capacity drive in the 1.8″ form factor. Rumor has it that Apple has already ordered a ton of these drives for the next generation iPod. The big capacity of these drives means we will likely see some interesting devices next year with unheard of disk space. This is the same drive size currently in the Sony U-50/70 so it’s possible there could soon be a 30 or 60 GB HDD upgrade, although the 60 GB drive might be too thick to fit in the already crowded Sony U.

  1. These are the same drives that are being used in the new Microsoft Portable Media Centers.

    Other rumors are that these drives may soon find themselves in phones,PDAs,Cameras(digital/video) and other devices.

    :)

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  2. Hi Steven. I expect we will start seeing these drives in virtually everything that has a battery in it. What I’m hoping is that these little drives will revolutionize the laptop segment, with some really small devices coming out.

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  3. jk,

    I also am using a U70 as my primary workstation, and have “shoehorned” the 40GB version of the Toshiba drive into the case. I removed the aluminum panel off the back of the drive that covers the PCB. I also got rid of the brown rubber insulators that Sony used on the original 20GB Toshiba drive. It does fit, but it’s right against the back of the LCD. I was afraid that heat from the drive might affect the display, but I’ve been using it this way since July with no problems. I could see that the impact survivability of the drive might be compromised since I got rid of the rubber edge pieces from the 20GB drive, but I would think that if you dropped it hard enough to bang the drive that the screen would also be toast.

    Just something to think about. The 40GB is the same 8mm thickness that the 60GB will be. If you can live without the absolute durability of the thinner drive with insulators, then the 60GB drive would be a great upgrade!

    Stephen

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  4. That sounds awesome. I think the new Toshiba 30 GB drive will fit but I don’t know that for a fact. If so that would be a good compromise for space vs. size. It should be available pretty soon too, I think. How do you like Tablet on the U?

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  5. Yes, the new 30GB Toshiba will be a direct replacement for the 20GB Toshiba that’s currently in the U50/U70. The 1.8″ form factor comes in a 5mm thick version with one platter (the thickness of a PCMCIA card, or a type II CF card) as well as an 8mm thick version with two platters. The 20GB and 30GB are 5mm and the 40GB and 60GB are 8mm.

    I love Tablet 2005 on the U. The handwriting recognition is truly amazing. Still not as fast as I can type, but usable. Like cameras and sidearms, the one left at home because it’s too big to carry with you does you no good. The Sony is small enough that I can carry it everywhere. I have a Thinkpad T40 I can use if I need more power, but for 90% of my needs the U truly satisfies! I do wonder though: why do you carry a USB cable for your S50? Can’t you just pop the CF card out and plug it into the CF card slot on the top of the U70?

    I did work with a developer at Microsoft to get some code to pop up the TIP when I press the NextText button. That doesn’t really save any time, it’s just nice to have all of the buttons work. It was a fairly simple thing for them to put together in VB for me.

    Stephen

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  6. Stephen, I am still using the same memory card in the camera that I got when I bought the camera a year ago. I never take it out of the camera as I just copy the files over via cable and delete them on the camera. I could have sworn it was SD memory but after your question here I popped it open and it is indeed CF so no more carrying the cable. You da man! :)

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  7. It’s amazing how a single cable makes such a difference in your kit! Always looking for a way to shrink the total package. I just recently got to play with a early prototype of the SonyEricsson S710a GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile phone. It includes a 1.3MP digital camera (1280×960) which I think could replace both my cell phone and my Canon S400 digital camera. 1.3MP is enough resolution for the day to day snapshots. Again, I have a real digital camera (Canon 1d Mk II D-SLR) if I know I’m going to be taking important shots. For day to day use, getting the cell and camera in one will be a nice reduction in the number of pieces.

    Stephen

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