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Western Digital said Wednesday it would enter the 1-inch disk drive market later this year, crowding an already congested market.Western Digital said Wednesday it would enter the 1-inch disk drive market later this year, crowding an already congested market.
Western Digital said that the drive will ship in the second calendar quarter of 2005. The 1-inch hard drive will spin at 3,600 RPM and will be available in capacities up to 6 gigabytes, within a CompactFlash Type II form factor.
Although IBM's original 1-inch MicroDrive was introduced in 1998, hard disk companies have begun jumping on board the 1-inch bandwagon in recent months. IBM, Seagate, Toshiba and now Western Digital all either have shipped or plan to ship 1-inch drives into the market. Analyst group Gartner Inc. estimated that as many as 8 million 1-inch drives shipped in 2004, up from 903,000 units in 2003.