Smaller, Cheaper Hard Drives For Portable Devices

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As with most technologies, over time, they tend to get better and cheaper. There’s been some press coverage today of a startup that claims they’re beating the big storage players by quite a bit in terms of price for their new tiny hard drives. The drives are expected to go into MP3 players and various other portable storage devices – driving the prices of those devices down drastically. Of course, I wonder where the breakthrough really is in this technology, and whether or not it can easily be copied by companies like IBM and Toshiba who currently have a large portion of the “microdrive” market.

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Anonymous Coward says:


There was an article in Sunday’s Mercury about a new generation of pedophiles who keep images stored in miniature hard drives the size of cigarette lighters on their key chains. Most cops aren’t aware of this yet, but in a few years, it might become standard procedure to check key chains during traffic stops.

Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Re: Port-a-Pedo

I’m not sure if this comment was serious or not, but I seriously doubt their going to ever start checking key chain USB drives at traffic stops. I have one that I carry (not on a keychain) and withing spitting distance of where I’m sitting are 3 other geeks who carry these drives with them – two on neck lanyards (geek!) and one in his breast pocket (like me).

To the best of my knowledge, none of us are pedophiles.

I’m tempted to put it on my keychain and hope some cop stops me and asks to view the contents of my USB drive. I could really use the money I would receive when I sue the police for violation of my fourth (or is it fifth?) ammendment rights to protection vs. illegal search and seizures.

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