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Toshiba 0.85-inch harddrive goes in the Guinness World Records Book

Toshiba today announced that Guinness World Records has certified Toshiba’s 0.85-inch hard disk drive as the smallest HDD in the world. Toshiba’s HDD will be featured in the 2005 edition, scheduled to be on sale in September 2004. The Guinness World Records Book is one of the world’s most popular publications, the book most people reach for when they want to confirm outstanding achievements in all walks of life.

Toshiba’s 0.85-inch HDD, announced in January 2004, is the first hard disk drive to deliver multi-gigabyte data storage in a sub-one-inch form factor. The 0.85-inch measurement refers to the diameter of the magnetic disk to which data is recorded. With initial capacities of 2 to 4 gigabytes (GB) the drive delivers enhanced storage to smaller, lighter, more efficient products, such as mobile phones, digital camcorders and portable storage devices. Toshiba expects to start sampling the drive in summer 2004 and start mass production in autumn 2004.

“We are very proud that Guinness World Records, one of the world’s most famous organizations, has recognized our 0.85-inch HDD as the world’s smallest,” said Kazuyoshi Yamamori, vice president, storage device division at Toshiba Corporation’s headquarters in Japan. “Toshiba is the global leader in small form factor hard disk drives. Our 1.8-inch HDD opened up exciting new applications and markets, including powerful digital audio players, and we expect the 0.85-inch disk to contribute even more. I look forward to seeing the 0.85-inch drive alongside all the other record breakers and winners in the book.”

“Hard drive technology has come a long way since the introduction of the very first model in the U.S. in 1956,” said David Hawksett, head of science and technology at Guinness World Records. “That model needed 50 two-foot disks to store just 4.4 MB, and the cost was astronomical. Data storage is rarely a topic that excites the public. 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.”

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