Toshiba Increasing Capacity of Its Very Tiny Microdrive

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Toshiba Storage Device Division’s 0.85-inch hard disk drive was certified by the Guinness World Records as the smallest in the world.

The only problem with this microdrive, which went into production earlier this year, is that it has a maximum Storage capacity of just 2 GB.

This is a much smaller amount of data than can be stored on competing products, although other miniature hard drives are physically larger than this one.

Fortunately, Toshiba announced this week that a version with twice this capacity should be available around the middle of this year, according to

Toshiba will accomplish this by putting two drive platters into the device. It is not clear what effect this will have on the thickness.

Microdrives, Microdrives, Everywhere

Tiny hard drives are becoming increasingly common in electronic gadgets.

The most famous of these is probably Apple’s iPod, but there are also mobile phones and handhelds on the market with microdrives.

And, according to rumor, palmOne’s next Tungsten model will include a 4 GB hard drive.

However, these are all using 1-inch microdrives, which are larger than Toshiba’s 0.85-inch one.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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