OT: 1-inch long 4-gig Hard Disk

cleeve

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This is nifty:

<A HREF="http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/03/16/toshiba.record.reut/index.html" target="_new">http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/03/16/toshiba.record.reut/index.html</A>

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While not a 1" drive, microdrives have been around for a while: <A HREF="http://www.andymack.com/mylog/pivot/entry.php?uid=standard-868" target="_new">http://www.andymack.com/mylog/pivot/entry.php?uid=standard-868</A>

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ibm has had compact flash card size hard drives for quite some time. i think they only go up to 2 gig by now. that would be sweet to have that hard drive on my keychain with a mini usb connector on it <drools>

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The link you posted points to the LATEST microdrive, not the old IBM ones (initially 340mb/810mb/1GB) which is now owned by Hitachi (like the one you linked to). Considering that the initial IBM microdrives were available when CF/CD and MM cards were all stuck at 128mb, that was great, now I'd prefer a 4GB CF flash card.

In any case, it's not new, but it's size is significant, as it makes it possible for things like smart-phones and smaller players to have such capacity.


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Yes, I prefer flash memory as well. It's considerably more durable - I've put my Sandisk Ultra card through the clothes washer and it still works.

And faster as well, 'tho I'm surprised flash memory isn't faster then it is. My camera reads/writes the 4GB Hitachi microdrive at ~750k/s, and a high end CF card at ~1400k/s. In RAW mode a picture can be over 6MB, so it takes around 4s to store an image. It takes more like 8s per picture on the 4MB microdrive.

Even on the fastest camera out there (Nikon D2H) the 4GB microdive only gets ~2000k/s and a high end card 5000k/s.

In a good card reader the best read speeds I've seen are 10MB/s for a CF card, and 4MB/s for the 4GB microdrive.

Somehow I used to think that flash cards would be more like 50~100mb/s, not 5~10mb/s.

I wonder how fast those Toshiba drives are.

edit: Sorry, that was kind of a ramble

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That thing is so small they could double the platters and still fit it on a CF card!

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maybe in a few years in can buy a bag of those put in cereal containers at your local costco


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