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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Toshiba Offers Gigabyte Disk For Laptops

TOKYO -- Japan's Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it will begin marketing 2.5-inch computer hard-disk drives with a storage capacity of 1.08 gigabytes, which it says is the largest in the world.


The company said it would begin sample shipments of the disks in January 1995 at a price of 150,000 yen ($1,500).


Laptop personal computers generally use 2.5-inch hard disks, while desktop computers normally use 3.5-inch disks, which have a larger capacity.


A gigabyte is 1 billion bytes. One byte is the amount of memory a personal computer uses to store one letter or number, and consists of eight bits.


Toshiba said the popularity of portable computers is driving demand for disks with high storage capacities.


It said the market for 2.5-inch hard disks is expected to grow by 40 percent in fiscal 1994 to approximately 250 billion yen ($2.5 billion).