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60Gb iPod disks from Toshiba released! - 8/4/2004 9:18:57 AM   

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Toshiba has officially released a 60GB capacity 1.8-inch hard disk drive. These are the drives that are used within the standard iPods (the iPod Minis use a 1in Hitachi drive).
The 60GB model consists of two 30GB platters, and accompanying the 60GB 'MK6006GAH' is the single-platter 30GB 'MK3006GAL'.

Back in June we reported news from Computex 2004 on Toshibas new drive. While this would naturally form the basis for a future iPod, reports have circulated that Apple would not be using the 60GB drive. We shall see.

In the meantime Toshiba has trumpeted other features of the drive than just the headline 60GB capacity: 'We are delighted to announce the world's highest capacity 1.8-inch HDD,' said Seiji Kawagoe, Senior Manager of the HDD Product Planning Department, in Toshiba's Digital Media Network Company. 'We made improvements to push the capacity, increase shock resistance and to lower power consumption and noise. The resulting drives are perfect for integration in audio applications, such as mobile audio players, and mini-notebook PCs.'

A key factor in the increased miniaturisation, said Toshiba, was the replacement of the Pico Sliders attached to the drive's heads with Femto Sliders that are 35 per cent smaller. The Femto Sliders also improve the drive's shock resistance to 500G, when in operation.

Source : Computer Shopper
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