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Toshiba is shipping samples of its new 30GB hard drive in a 2.5in form factor.

The drive has two 15GB disks, each with an areal density of 26.7Gb per square inch. Toshiba said that it is also shipping the 15GB platters singly, in samples.

Both models, the 15GB and the 30GB, run at 4200rpm, have an average seek time of 13ms, and are ATA-5 compliant to support data transfer rate of 100MB per second. They can also withstand operating shock of 175g and non-operating shock of up to 800g.

The drives are 100mm by 70mm by 9.5mm, and weigh less than 100g. Toshiba says that this makes them ideal for use in notebooks, as well as non-PC applications such as PDAs, printers, copiers, GPS systems and MP3 players.

Although they are expected to be available by March this year, prices have not been made public as yet. ®

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