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Is it too early to start that letter to Santa or did you already start? You might want to add a line item for the UMPC in your life because December will bring Toshiba’s newest 1.8-inch hard drive to market (PDF). Yes it’s physically small, hence […]

8200000033ab000012b4000000010000000Is it too early to start that letter to Santa or did you already start? You might want to add a line item for the UMPC in your life because December will bring Toshiba’s newest 1.8-inch hard drive to market (PDF). Yes it’s physically small, hence the micro-SATA connector, but it’s large in capacity; topping out at 250GB. Two Christmas seasons ago saw Tosh hit 100GB in the same footprint, so the elves have surely been busy!The 5200 RPM MKxx29GSG series handles 120-, 160- or 250GB of your data at up to 707.9 Mbps… not 708, but we can round up, right? Actually, this is a slick method of spin on the data transfer as Toshiba offers it in “megabits” and not “megabytes” per second. Doing the requisite math says that your bits and bytes can move off the drive at up 88.5 MBps, which doesn’t sound nearly as fast, but is still peppy enough. Reads and writes will use 1.2W of power on your portable while the drive idles at 0.4W to help with your battery life. No pricing announced yet, which is why we hope it magically appears under the tree.

  1. 250GB with 88.5 MB/s compares very favorably to the latest solid state disks. Even though the 1.8″ form factor will be more expensive than a comparable 2.5″ HDD, it will probably be less expensive than SSD.

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  2. Can’t tell if these are ZIF or not. Depending on price and if ZIF is available, it might be worth checking out for the Q1.

    Woadan

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  3. These will be a welcome addition to data-hungry folks that can’t use 2.5″ drives.

    I personally still prefer the 2.5″ format – they are higher capacity (500GB), faster (7200RPM), more readily available and more user-replaceable, hence my liking of the HP mininote.

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  4. Do you know if one of these HDs would work on Q1P? Thank you.

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