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Old 03-24-2005, 11:27 AM   #1
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In the next few months we can expect mobile devices featuring Toshiba's tiny new 0.85 inch hard 4Gb drive. Does anyone know how a mini-hdd compares to flash memory battery-wise? There is still a lot of talk about if and how web design should take mobile devices into account (it definitely should, and I know Mobileread.com still needs to improve its mobile support!). Sam sent us note this morning that eReader has a $5 discount for e-book newbies (and for experts alike if you enter code NEWBIE at the checkout). And don't forget March 31st when PalmSource is announcing its Q3 2005 earnings!
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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A HDD will always use require more battery than a flash memory. And since flash memory is increasing in size, I don't see the point of making HDDs this small.
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0.85 inch... Isn't that about the size of the microdrives you can already get? The compact flash sized ones? If it's smaller, why would you need it smaller?

And yes, hard drives need more power than flash memory. Spinning the drive takes much more power. It's the same concept as the PSP discs vs. DS cartridges. Spinning takes power, and (relatively) lots of it.
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