Portable hard drive innovations from Seagate

By Derek Sooman on March 14, 2005, 1:31 PM
Some wonderful innovations in storage from Seagate are here, the first being the 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive. Whilst Flash drives are around 2GB normally, this pocket drive is something better. Aesthetically pleasing (itís small and round and fits in your hand) the Pocket Hard Drive rotates to reveal an integrated USB connector, complete with a 13cm cable. The device is bus powered so there is no need for a separate power supply.

The PHD's size and ease of connectivity are shared with USB Flash drives, of course. What sets the Seagate product apart is the excellent, easy to use software that it's supplied with. The PHD toolkit clearly displays how much free space is left on the disk. It allows you to make the drive bootable, and you can also repartition the disk here, although any data resident at the time will be lost.

Next up from Seagate we have the 100Gb USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive. This device is a small (2.5") hard drive packed inside a strong shell. Its specifications are as follows:

-5400 RPM
-2MB cache (40GB)
-8MB cache (100GB)
-5,000 Gs nonoperating shock resistance
-Whisper quiet: less than 23 acoustic decibels
-Horizontal dimensions: 1" Deep; 3.7" wide by 5" high
-Weight: 10.3 oz (~300 grams)




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