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1.8" USB Portable Hard Drive

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the lervely dept.

Data Storage 156

Jin-Wei Tioh writes "The folks at BlueSmoke take a look at Transcend's recently announced 1.8" USB 2.0 portable hard drive, the only one of its kind on the market. Roughly the size of a small stack of business cards, it is quite a bit smaller than existing 2.5" drives. It holds either 20GB or 40GB of data and is styled like an iPod."

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Like the VST FireFly (5, Informative)

SiMac (409541) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291216)

The VST FireFly was based on the 1.8" 5GB drive (the one that was in the original iPod). It was also extremely tiny; however, it was limited in capacity, and eventually discontinued.

Re:Like the VST FireFly (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291394)

I was talking to my shoe the other day and it told me that hard drives like this should only be given to the most elite programmers around not laymond. So after getting up off the toilet and flushing my brown stuff down I and having it confirm what my shoe said I decided I agreed with that opinion and now here I am posting it.

Re:Like the VST FireFly (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291493)

You shithead moderators wouldn't know good a good comment if it smacked you on the head because you are too busy licking each other's asses.

Re:Like the VST FireFly (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291504)

ass fuckers, intolerant biggots...these are the people we give mod points too?

Lacie Mobile Drive (1)

NoWhere Man (68627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291495)

Unfortunately now discontinued, Lacie came out with a similar product in the past.

http://www.programmersparadise.com/Product.pasp? tx tCatalog=Paradise&txtCategory=&txtProductID=ZHI+85 8103

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291590)

1.8" USB Hard Drive Ports You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please go away! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291219)

I hate you!

I dare you (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291224)

...to sit on it.

Nice (4, Interesting)

MacFury (659201) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291227)

I was waiting for something like this. I wonder how reliable something like this would be if left on/used as a main drive for extended periods of time.

Re:Nice (3, Funny)

Suburbanpride (755823) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291268)

I wonder if their server was running on these drives, beacuse it sure went down fast.

Re:Nice (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291397)

just like your mom

Re:Nice (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291762)

HAR HAR HAR

yuo are teh funnay!!!1!

Ive nevar herd a joke liek that befor!!!!! suggesting that the server is running on product from artical is GENIUS!!!!!! It was so original!!! nobody has evar made a joke like that!!!!!!!1!!!!

you split my sides apart with gut busting laughter!!!!!!!!

Pleez tell another one mistar commedian!!!?!~1!

Mirror? (-1, Flamebait)

gorre (519164) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291230)

Looks like BlueSmoke is about to go up in smoke, anybody got a mirror?

Re:Mirror? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291537)

FLAME! FLAME! FLAME!

Good for DigVid cameras? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291235)

I would imagine this could easily power new digital video cameras, and you could actually record in true digital mode instead of on tapes.

cat_man_50

ADS Pyro DV (2, Insightful)

MacFury (659201) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291286)

http://www.adstech.com/products/API_820/intro/API8 20intro.asp?pid=API820 They have a DV drive that you can plug into a FireWire camera and record straight to the hard drive. I want one, but I haven't been able to find any reviews on the product so I'm reluctant to spend $700.

Re:ADS Pyro DV (2, Interesting)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291535)

We have a Videonics FireStore [focusinfo.com] . You can hook a DV camera in one end and a FireWire drive to the other side.

It seems really cool, but in pratice, it just sits in the studio collecting dust on top of a VCR.

Tapes work for me. You can always get more of em for cheap and the time moving the DV off tape onto disk isn't all that bad since you can set it and go get something to eat while it does its thing.

Re:ADS Pyro DV (2, Informative)

bprice20 (709357) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291784)

Your link isn't working but i found a site [dvxuser.com] with a review of a similar product. What do you think?

Re:Good for DigVid cameras? (4, Informative)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291315)

You're saying that DV on tapes is somehow not "true" digital. It's still stored as 1s and 0s, just on a tape instead of on a disk.

I work with (large amounts of) DV daily. Recording directly to disk would be much more convenient than tape, but it would not somehow increase the quality. In the end, it's the same set of digits regardless of what medi[a/ums] its been on.

Re:Good for DigVid cameras? (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291513)

Perhaps the grandparent is talking about random access playback, or recording uncompressed. DV has neither of those features.

A 40 GB hard drive isn't going to record you very much uncompressed NTSC, though, and hardly any hi-def.

Re:Good for DigVid cameras? (1, Funny)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291480)

you could actually record in true digital mode instead of on tapes

Yes, as opposed to all that fake digital stuff on a DV tape. God, I hate fake digital so much.

Re:Good for DigVid cameras? (1)

3digitnic (722553) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291564)

You mean record direct-to-disk? That's just crazy talk... Well maybe not so crazy.

FireStore series products convert any IEEE-1394 (FireWire, i.Link) drive into high performance Digital Disk Recorder/Players. Record directly to disk from your digital camcorder, VTR, or mixer. When you are ready to edit, your clips are immediately available to your NLE system with zero ingest time - no capturing, no file transfer, no file conversion! Just shoot...then edit

http://www.focusinfo.com/products/firestore/fire store.htm

Actually works quite well. Several others have simular products on the market.

Nice counter (-1, Offtopic)

Too Much Noise (755847) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291238)

too bad it won't be available for long.

Funny 404 pages (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291240)

Check out the 404 page for this site:

http://www.bluesmoke.net/Graphics/Digits/trans.gif [bluesmoke.net]

Pretty funny.

Re:Funny 404 pages (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291265)

You mean because they're still using the totally outdated version 1.3.14 of the Apache webserver?

Re:Funny 404 pages (1)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291430)

I tried but I got a 404 error.

Re:Funny 404 pages (0, Redundant)

mattdev121 (727783) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291552)

I can't. It looks like the page went up in bluesmoke.

Where the hell is my stuff? (5, Funny)

thewldisntenuff (778302) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291254)

As hard drive/memory chip/etc devices get smaller and smaller, I wonder how people will be able to keep track of where the hell their (physical, not logical) memory is....

I can see a new market now, not for data recovery, but for recover-the-data-device recovery....I'll make millions!

-thewldisntenuff

Re:Where the hell is my stuff? (1)

DoctorDeath (774634) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291312)

they already have one... you just whistle and it starts chirping.

Re:Where the hell is my stuff? (0)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291331)

As hard drive/memory chip/etc devices get smaller and smaller, I wonder how people will be able to keep track of where the hell their (physical, not logical) memory is.... I can see a new market now, not for data recovery, but for recover-the-data-device recovery....I'll make millions!

And now that I've patented this new business model before you did, it will now make me millions!

I Claim Patent rights (0, Redundant)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291425)

to the process of clapping, whistling, or shouting for the purpose of locating a tiny hard drive, through the use of an audio visual device. HERE [ebay.com] is a working prototype of my device.

Anybody who wishes to license this technology, please contact me at 1 (800) 426-8686

Re:Where the hell is my stuff? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291426)

I work with this mini technology day in and day out and I know it's not just the physical location of the drive that you lose. Due to the heisenberg uncertainty principle as we get to storing smaller and smaller units of data, we become less certain as to the position and the velocity of the data so there is error inherent in each of these drives that is getting worse. Sometimes these drives will randomly shift the bits and the data will be completely corrupted, stay away from them.

This would be nice (2, Interesting)

Daimaou (97573) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291258)

I currently am using a 40GB laptop drive in a USB case. it is about the size of a deck of cards (just a bit longer) and requires no exteral power source. It is really handy.

Of course, it would even be better if it was smaller, so I can already feel that compulsive twitch in my hand as it dives for my wallet to fork over some bucks for one of these.

Re:This would be nice (2, Interesting)

billygr (751676) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291283)

I am using the same from Fujitsu http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20030729/fujit su-02.html With one common problem.... Some laptops cannot handle the current that the disk requires to spin up and happens as usual when you don't have the "double" usb cable with you

Obligatory (5, Funny)

sw155kn1f3 (600118) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291267)

Well...

You don't want to name your site bluesmoke.net and post a link to slashdot, don't you ;-)?

Not exactly first to market... (5, Informative)

lemonylimey (745130) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291269)

Freecom have had an external hard drive based on a 1.8" unit for a couple of months now.

Link [freecom.com]

really? (4, Funny)

IamLarryboy (176442) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291275)

"it is quite a bit smaller than existing 2.5" drives."

Say about .7"?

Re:really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291475)

.7" may not seem like a lot but thats a 28% reduction, which is great.

Re:really? (2, Funny)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291646)

Great, America is getting hit by the "smaller is better bug". Next thing you know you'll have spam in your box advertising shrinkage.

Re:really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291717)

Great, America is getting hit by the "smaller is better bug". Next thing you know you'll have spam in your box advertising shrinkage.

Slashdot is going to start publishing a newsletter?!??! Sweet!

Re:really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291731)

And stil they are not embarassed to admit it. I would be even for 2.5" one...

"Styled like an iPod? (4, Insightful)

InternationalCow (681980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291279)

Excuse me? It is flat, rectangular and whitish by the look of the ./-ed site. Apart from that it doesn't look like an iPod at all. Since when is everything that is rectangular and flat styled like an iPod? Is a paperweight styled like an iPod? Or an iced cake? Please, think before you post.

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291356)

Who gives a shit if it looks like an iPod or not. if he thinks it looks like an ipod thats his own opinion - why would you even bother to disagree?

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (5, Funny)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291420)

Slashdot Think Post

Choose any two.

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (1)

Throtex (708974) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291441)

"A terrific adaptation of a classic joke!"
- raves the Slashdot community.

"Inspiring, and right in so many ways!"
- says Anonymous Coward Weekly

"Laugh Out Loud funny!"
- gushes Nerds Quarterly

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (0, Flamebait)

starphish (256015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291452)

Perhaps you should think before you post rather then just react. He didn't say that he thought it was styled like an ipod. If you went to the link, you'd see he was quoting the website.

He did his research, you didn't

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (2)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291508)

it actually does kinda look like an ipod. White face... chrome on the back (or is that just a chrome band? I can't really tell in the pic...)

see? [amdplanet.it]

Re:"Styled like an iPod? (1)

InternationalCow (681980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291569)

Exactly - I rest my case!

Cache (3, Informative)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291290)

  1. http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:7qLgSWe6BYg J:www.bluesmoke.net/+&hl=en

Re:Cache (0)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291400)

Say it with me now,
"I will use <a>...</a> tags for my links."

and

"The Google Cache does not include the images."

Which is all we really want to see anyways. ;)

Its very simple.. (5, Insightful)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291296)

1) Take a PDA with a reasonable CPU (one that could handle say low-res divx playing at a decent framerate)

2) Include built in hard-drive

3) Profit

Re:Its very simple.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291330)

I would love an affordable mini-harddisk with a general purpose cpu, a network interface and an open OS. These firewire/usb2 harddisks are nice, but you really have to trust people when you attach your disk to their system. An autonomous network server would be much safer and could also present your data in different ways. It could be a streaming audio server with built-in webserver for database access, for example.

Re:Its very simple.. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291338)

There are already pdas that can handle microdrives and no one is impressed by the battery life of these monstrosities

Re:Its very simple.. (1, Interesting)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291362)

So it turns out the mysterious "????" step #2 has always been "Include a built-in harddrive?" Huh....

On a more serious note, you forgot "include one hell of a battery."

My PDA probably would'nt be able to last for an entire movie, especially since the CPU is at full load for the entire thing. Now you add a faster CPU and having to power a hard drive. The battery is gone in half an hour.

Unfortunately, hardly enough to watch a movie.

preemptive grammar nazi strike (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291502)

I realize it should be "wouldn't."

Typing too fast can be a BadThing®.

Re:Its very simple.. (5, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291440)

2a) Devise new battery technology

Re:Its very simple.. (2, Insightful)

cloudless.net (629916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291451)

Can save energy with other components too, for example the supposedly great OLED display, new energy-saving CPU, or even a more efficient OS. Or perhaps somebody can make a harddisk less power hungry.

Re:Its very simple.. (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291594)

nah just hand-crank the hard-drive (connected to a gearing system of course:P

Re:Its very simple.. (1)

KZigurs (638781) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291645)

Too late. Sony [gizmodo.com] will profit from that.

from tonytalkstech.net (4, Informative)

loomis (141922) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291297)

"Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend) releases its 1.8 USB 2.0 portable hard drive this month, April 2004. Although roughly the size of a standard business card, it has more than enough capacity (20GB/40GB) for your data storage needs. No need to carry around another troublesome power brick either; it is powered directly from the USB port. This pocket drive is perfect for the person always on the go."

"Data transfer rate is up to 480 Mbps (USB2.0). This device is fully compatible with USB2.0 and backwards compatible with USB1.1 specifications. Unlike CD-RWs, which require special software, pocket drives will appear as just another hard drive. There isnt any extra driver software to worry about (except for Win98SE). Using the included ExBoot software, your entire computer can be backed-up and restored at a moments notice. Weighing only 4.2oz (118g) for the 20GB HDD and 4.6oz (130g) for the 40GB HDD. Transcends portable hard drive is as rugged as it is lightweight. Smaller and more convenient than a 1.44MB floppy diskette, this hard drive is ready to go wherever and whenever you need it."

ipod (2, Interesting)

jsebrech (525647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291316)

I've been using my ipod for that for a while now. It's remarkably handy having gigabytes of storage that can be used from most computers without installing a driver, and that will fit in your pocket.

The one annoying thing is that you can't access the music player functionality while it's mounted as a disk.

Re:ipod (3, Informative)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291492)

The one annoying thing is that you can't access the music player functionality while it's mounted as a disk.

That must be a Windows thing. On a Mac, you can do both at the same time. In fact, that's the default behavior once you turn "mount as a hard drive" on. It never even occurred to me that there would be any other way.

Re:ipod (1)

damiam (409504) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291763)

That's how it works on Windows too. I don't know what the parent was talking about.

obvious question... (4, Informative)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291322)

why not use an iPod ?? It's Firewire+USB2, also has upto 40GB capacity and features a handy display for built-in calendar/notes/game/...


The article is slashdotted, so I don't know te price difference.

Re:obvious question... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291435)

Why buy a fucking clue, an iPod is at least twice the size of this thing.

Re:obvious question... (2, Informative)

Turtlewind (781809) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291478)

In addition to the price, there's also the size difference. The iPod is 4.1 inches long, which is over twice as big as this drive. The whole point about this story is the (physical) size of the drive.

Re:obvious question... (3, Funny)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291500)

And by the way, I've heard a rumor that you can hack it to play music, too. ;-)

Dont put it on your hi-fi speaker (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291326)


you might find your entire mp3|pr0n collection gone, ouch 40gb of data corrupted

fr1st stop (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291354)

And promotes Ou^r To the original bunch of gay negros

External HDs for Linux? (1, Interesting)

Unknown Relic (544714) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291379)

Are there any external hard drives that have decent support under Linux? From what I've read all of the common ones seem to require a slew of hacks to get working properly, and even then are somewhat quirky. I'd love to be able to plug one of these into a running machine, mount the drive and just have it work. Any of the current offerigns fit the bill? Some of these external drives can be booted to as well, which would be an extra bonus.

Re:External HDs for Linux? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291431)

Almost any USB storage unit should work, everything from those tiny pen/key things to hard drives. Anything I've plugged has always worked without drivers, not only on Linux but also on OSX and in Windows. Some new digital cameras, my Frontier mp3 player, and so on work like this. It's absolute heaven not having to install crappy software from the manufacturers like in the bad old days.

Re:External HDs for Linux? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291538)

Huh? I don't know of any modern distro that doesn't support the most common External Hard Drives available, ie the USB type. Just buy it and plug it in. No hacks involved. I'm not trying to make fun of you, but are you using Debian stable or some other old distro perchance?

Re:External HDs for Linux? (4, Informative)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291554)

Almost any external hard disk that is either USB or firewire works perfectly under linux. This is because for the most part, these drives follow open standards. I have never had a problem using external storage with my Linux box, and that includes FW drives like the iPod.

I don't know where you're reading that "all the common ones seem to require a slew of hacks to get working properly", but I, for one, have never had to use any hack to get an external drive to work. Just plug it in and mount it.

"only one of it's kind on the market"? (1)

stephentyrone (664894) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291395)

what about an iPod? (which actually *is* styled like an ipod). Numerous other 1.8" externals exist.

BSD IS DYING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291403)

BSD will never support these things, further proof that BSD is dying.

Re:BSD IS DYING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291524)

How dare you mod me down, you moderators know it is true BSD is dying and linux is right behind it. Only Microsoft shall survive. One OS to rule them all, one OS to remind them, one OS to grind them all and in the darkness bind them......

With decent storage this size... (2, Insightful)

Kegster (685608) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291407)

How long before we start to see PDAs with hard-drive based storage?

Then the only limit on the software will be the processor speed and battery life.

Who wouldn't want a system like that that you could fit into your back pocket?

Re:With decent storage this size... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291726)

I'd rather have one whose screen and likely case would not be obliterated if I put it in my back pocket and leaned against something or sat on it. I'm more than willing to sacrifice say another 1/4" in all directions to have a more rigid case. Make it out of a magnesium/aluminum alloy and it should be plenty rigid. But instead, we get all these plastic or thin metal PDAs which are too flexible and if the thing is in your FRONT pants pocket it usually ends up with a cracked screen. I've destroyed several palm devices (none of them were color though, I knew better) and I'm pretty tired of it.

Re:With decent storage this size... (1)

Kegster (685608) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291788)

Thats a valid point, even if they devices were built top survive being sat on they'd be pretty bloody uncomfortable.

This is why tailors invented inside jacket pockets,
then the destruction of your pda is the least of your worries when you reach for it in an airport or bank ;)

storage for my camera (3, Interesting)

cloudless.net (629916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291423)

That tiny harddisk sounds nice, but I wish it will have USB host or Compact Flash card reader so I can transfer all the photos from my digital camera to the harddisk. Large CF or microdrives are too expensive, and this sounds like a much better solution.

Usefullness (1, Troll)

Sinful_Shirts (784047) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291448)

I'm curious to know what something like this would be most useful for. I mean obviously there are some good uses, but why not just use DVD+-R or something?

Re:Usefullness (1)

Fuzzle (590327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291571)

I have a powerbook with an 80gb drive, which is enough space for carrying around a decent sized library of mp3s, documents, pictures, etc. However, with my old iBook and it's 20gb drive, I was unable to arry everything around with me that I wanted. A nice, small, bus powered pocket sized drive was exactly what I wanted. Which is why I bought an iPod.

partly mirrored (1)

lart2150 (724284) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291471)

I got some of the first page before the server started connection refused http://students.depaul.edu/~bengert/www.bluesmoke. net/viewArticle.html

quality? (3, Interesting)

azatht (740027) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291484)

I have a question:

How well can the tiny hard drives withstand shakes and magnetic fields? It's seems that there is not much room for shielding.

Re:quality? (4, Informative)

Fweeky (41046) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291690)

Most magnetic fields aren't much of a danger to hard disks; they're so dense the magnetic material has to be quite resistant to all but the largest fields, because the heads can't focus the entire field on the exact area bits are stored on. Unless you're planning on being near an MRI machine or particle accelerator I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just don't store it near your rare earth magnet collection, ok? ;)

Shock's more a factor of aerodynamics than shielding; will just have to see what the specs are like :)

Useful (1)

Bill_Royle (639563) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291496)

Nice review. I can envision this being very useful for my company's business travellers, due to the space considerations specifically. As well, anyone that works in corporate IT knows that users have a tendency to stockpile their mail, regardless of it's use - this would be a very handy device to store .pst files (or even .nsf files.)

Thanks to BlueSmoke for the useful info, I'll see if I can pick one of these up and eval it for wider usage.

Ever notice... (1, Funny)

aismail3 (735831) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291497)

that nerds are the only ones who are envious of men with small objects? ;)

What I want to know is (2, Insightful)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291615)

How long until portable data storage integrated with built in WiFi becomes standard? Just walk up to any computer, set it down, type in the password and you are good to go. No cables required.

Re:What I want to know is (1)

samfreed (572658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291728)

Same problem as attaching it to a PDA. Battery. And a PDA would be even better - you have all the stuff available to you all the time on a crappy little screen, and when you have a decent machine you can REALLY work.

Obligatory Comment (1)

tcgwebs (737923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291630)

I, for one, welcome our new 1.8" overlords.

COMPusa Has 1GB and 1.5GB USB2.0 drives for $99 an (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291640)

COMPUSA has 1GB and 1.5GB USB2.0 drives for $99 and $129, they are smaller than the Creative Muvo2, it may contain the Hitachi micro dirves.

sounds nice... (1)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291660)

... but I think that BlueSmoke describes what's coming out of their web server right now.

Small drives like this (though maybe not quite so petite) have been around for at least a year but they haven't apparently caught on. My guess is that the dollars/gigabyte ratio isn't down to the point where these things become worthwhile. For a few megs (or hundreds of megs) a keychain USB "drive" (really flash memory) is fine. For large amounts of data, portable drives (ala LaCie) are OK; it's no big deal to carry around something a bit larger than a 3.5" drive. Is there a market for anything in between? Probably not, unless it's pretty cheap.

Re:sounds nice... (1)

bas148 (637517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291766)

$160/20 gb. Don't know what this means to you, although it's quite cheap compared to hard drive mp3 players and quite expensive compared to standard hard drives. Why couldn't they add some basic music-playing functionality to it? I really don't know how extensive a technological change that would be, but they could probably do it for $20-$30 a unit, which would make the price still much cheaper than the cheapest hard drive mp3 players of comparable size. And as they said, it has that iPod look, for half the price of the comparable iPod. I'm waiting until hard drive mp3 players come down to a reasonable price (which is pretty low for me, obviously).

Already done by Archos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9291661)

Archos has had their 1.8" Arcdisk out in 20GB format for a good while now. $199 MSRP.

Bought one off of ebay, probably was refurbished, but still, only $115.

Took it apart and there is a Hitachi drive inside. The 44 pins are soldered to the USB-IDE adapter. Plan on desoldering it and using it with an SBC.

Styled like an iPod???? (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291705)

Funny, last time I checked the iPod didn't have a think black stipe wrapped around the middle. It also didn't have a perfectly flat top either, and it had numerous buttons.

Why is it nowadays whenever anything is "white" and have curned edges it is "styled after the iPod"? Things were white before too.

Does the fact that my digital camera is grey with curved corners make it "styled after a 50's toaster"?

USB vs Firewire (0, Offtopic)

builderbob_nz (728755) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291722)

I have an external drive for bulk storage on my Shuttle. It's just a simple 3.5" in an external enclosure that has USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity. Given the performance of the solution I have, it leaves me with the question of why use USB 2.0 at all? Firewire has proven itself to be as a better solution for this sort of thing.

Death by Apple Fashion (2, Funny)

No_Weak_Heart (444982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9291758)

My casket is going to be "styled like an iPod."



Enough already.

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