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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

Hardware
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.
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  • 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...
    Reply