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Toshiba is a HDD record breaker

Q. What do Pele, John Logie Baird, and Toshiba all have in common? A. They’ve all been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

Q. What do Pele, John Logie Baird, and Toshiba all have in common? A. They’ve all been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

While Pele got his nod for scoring more goals than anyone else and John Logie Baird is credited with the earliest colour television transmission, Toshiba has just been certified for producing the smallest hard disk drive (HDD) ever. At just 0.85 inches it certainly is on the small side for pretty much anything, let alone a HDD.

The measurement refers to the diameter of the magnetic disk to which data is recorded. Initial capacity is two to four gigabytes. Toshiba claims the drive is the first HDD to be able to offer multi-gigabyte storage at a less than one-inch form factor, and it’s got the organisers of the Guinness Book of Records to back up its claim.

“Hard drive technology has come a long way since the introduction of the very first model in the US in 1956,” said David Hawksett, science and technology editor at Guinness World Records. “That model needed 50 24-inch disks to store just 4.4MB and the cost was astronomical.”

“Data storage is rarely a topic that excites the public,” Hawksett added, perhaps with understatement. “However, Toshiba’s innovation means that I could soon hold more information in my watch than I could on my desktop computer, just a few years ago.”

While the company said in a statement that it was proud of being in the Guinness World Records, the 0.85-inch HDD is no mere novelty, with Toshiba expecting to mass produce it later this year. It intends the drive to be used for devices such as mobile phones, digital camcorders and portable storage devices.

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