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Toshiba unveils higher capacity 1.8in hard drives

Toshiba's 1.8in hard drives for personal music players can store as much data as hard drives on some low-end PCs, the company has claimed.

The 1.8in drives now come in 20Gbyte and 40Gbyte varieties. The company's hard drives are used in ultraportable notebook PCs and automotive applications.

The hard drives can also be found inside Apple Computer's iPod music player which launched the latest versions of the iPod featuring the Toshiba drives in September.

The Toshiba drives rotate at 4,200 revolutions per minute, and transfer data at a rate of 100Mbytes per second. They consume 1.4 watts of power, and use the ATA-5 (Advanced Technology Attachment version 5) interface.

Toshiba now sells 1.8in hard drives in a variety of capacities from 5Gbytes to 40Gbytes.

Hitachi also manufactures a line of 1.8in hard drives, two of which are used in Dell's Digital Jukebox musical player. The company also announced a 40Gbyte 1.8in drive in January that has been shipping since April.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service 

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