As hard drives continue to shrink in size and increase in storage space, Toshiba gets to wear the crown for how much you can store on a portable HDD. The company has had its debut in this marketplace by launching 2.5-inch 100GB and 200 GB portable HDDs that are USB 2.0 compatible. That’s about 90 DVD movies you could hold on the largest Toshiba drive, good enough so that you can take it with you on trips for the rest of your life, and its hard shell casing makes it great to stick inside your travel bag too.
The 100 GB drive retails for around $130 and the 200 GB is priced at $230. Sales of portable HDDs are also growing fast too with industry analysts predicting that the number of units sold next year will be 6 million, up 58% over 2006 sales. Drives that are 3.5-inches high are already up to one terabyte in size storage and it’s believed that before we mark off New Year’s Eve on our calendars the 2.5-inch models will crank their upper limit up to at least 250 GB. However, for the moment Toshiba has the bragging rights for owning the biggest 2.5-inch seen we’ve seen so far.