Toshiba Ships Slim 2.5-Inch Hard Drive

Targeting makers of portable PCs and handheld devices, Toshiba has begun shipping samples of a slim, 271Mb, 2.5in hard drive, the company says.

Sample-priced at US$950, the unit boasts a height of 8.45 mm (0.33 inch) — about 33 percent slimmer than Toshiba's current hard drives -- and weighs 110g, the company says.

Over an ATA-2 interface, the unit has a data transfer rate of 16.6Mb/6 and an average seek time of 13ms.

The unit measures 8.45 x 70 x 100 mm. In read/write mode, it consumes 2.3w of electricity.

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