Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tiny SSDs for netbooks

Netbooks are tiny. You won't find a 2.5" hard drive (which is the standard size for regular laptops) in netbooks. You'll either find a 1.8" hard drive or some type of SSD (solid state disk). Flash memory technology has made it possible to cram gigabytes of memory on tiny, flat flash memory cards. Samsung has introduced mini-card SSDs that are even smaller than your typical SSD. According to PC World, "Samsung's mini-card SSDs are up to 80 percent smaller than SSDs found in most laptops today, the company said. The small drives weigh between 7.5 grams (0.17 pounds) and 8.5 grams, lower than the 75 grams to 85 grams that 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch SSDs weigh."

FYI, the 1.8" hard drives (spinning HD, not SSD) can also be found in older iPods (video iPod, photo iPod, etc.) and the new iPod classic. The old iPod mini had a 1" hard drive, also known as microdrives. Those 1" hard drives were the size of a compact flash (CF) card.

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