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Toshiba Boosts Hard Drive Density By 50% 129

An anonymous reader writes "Toshiba has unveiled a ground-breaking technology that boosts recording density by 50% on an 80-GB, 1.8", single-platter drive. Using what it calls Discrete Track Recording technology, Toshiba was able to pack 120 GB storage on a single 1.8" platter. The new development will hugely benefit media player, UMPC, and ultra-portable laptop segments where 1.8" drives with maximum possible capacity are in great demand."
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Toshiba Boosts Hard Drive Density By 50%

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  • well... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Macrosoft0 ( 1128625 ) on Saturday September 08, 2007 @10:12PM (#20525209)
    ...they say its easier to add the grooves in small form-factor hdd's, but they didn't say if it can be done at all in a standard sized drive
  • Re:well... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 08, 2007 @10:25PM (#20525285)
    density & capacity aside, i am wondering why don't we have drives with multiple independent R/W heads?
  • Re:Damnit... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Saturday September 08, 2007 @10:43PM (#20525417) Homepage
    Oh how terrible if SSD has to actually beat the competition, that it didn't just lie down and die when SSDs announced they were taking over. As bulk storage, SSDs are still damn expensive. Think either-or, say an 8GB SSD soldered on the mobo (1.8" form factor is way overkill) with OS/apps and 120GB bulk HDD space on a 1.8" HDD. Sounds good to me, at least until 100GB+ SSDs are cheap and that may take a looong while.
  • Re:Damnit... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mcrbids ( 148650 ) on Saturday September 08, 2007 @10:55PM (#20525463) Journal
    Now I have to wait longer for SSD to become the clear winner.

    I've been waiting for well over 10 years. When I first thought that SSD was going to "win", 1 GB drive was huge. Now, it's $9, plugs into a thumb-sized slot in 5 seconds, and is available at the local Wal-Mart. The mechanical drives sport 750 GB for $200 that the 1 GB drive used to cost. (and that doesn't even account for inflation!)

    I have a digital camera with video and sound. It's up to 800x600, and with my 2 GB flash cartridge, I get up to about an 30 minutes of video. It's very small, lightweight, and runs on a couple AA rechargables.

    Still think that SSD hasn't "won"?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 08, 2007 @11:40PM (#20525675)
    So, why don't they apply it to 3.5" drives too?

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