Miniature Disk Drive: The Toshiba MK3006GAL Delivers 30 GB in a 1.8" Form Factor

Size Comparison: 2.5" Versus 1.8" Form Factors

While they obviously don't excel in terms of performance, 1.8" drives offer many advantages. The physical characteristics of the drive help underscore this: at less than 2 ounces (51 g) the MK3006GAL has to be one of the lightest disk drives around. With a maximum theoretical data capacity of 30 GB, one of these platters weighs little, but is a league of its own in terms of flexibility. It is also energy-efficient, because this drive consumes only tiny amounts of power relative to its larger cousins.

While it might not seem so just looking a the two numbers, the size difference between a 1.8" drive and a 2.5" drive is immense. And for those concerned with achieving as much miniaturization of computer systems as possible, every little bit helps.

Test Setup

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ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2 Cache (Willamette)
MotherboardIntel 845EBTIntel 845E ChipsetBIOS BT84520A.86A.0024.P10
Memory256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2.0Micron/Crucial
Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100-Controller (ICH4)On-Board USB 2.0 (ICH4)On-Board FireWire
Graphics cardATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Network3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
Operating systemWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600Service Pack 1
Benchmarks & Measurements
Office performanceZD WinBench 99 - Business DiskWinmark 2.0 c't h2benchw
High-End performanceZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 2.0
Performance measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6
I/O performanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driver5.1.2001.0 (Windows XP Standard)
DIE driverIntel INF Drivers 5.02.1003
DirectX version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz
  • Hi - what kind of adaptor was used to connect that 1.8 Toshiba?

    I'm trying to do the same and I'm not having much luck.
  • dan_guess21
    hi, i have one off this hard disck, and i want to make a back up from my information, but i don't have the adapter, can you tell me where i can get one off them or maybe you can say me other way to make my back up??...

    i really need this it's urgent, thanks...