IBM's 1-Gigabyte Microdrive
Massive storage in a miniscule package
by Stephen Jones (June 28, 2000)
IBM's new Microdrive introduced this week offers the same portable virtues as its 340MB predecessor but with three times the capacity (a full gigabyte).
Just plug the roomy drive into any device with a compatible CompactFlash+ Type II or PCMCIA slot (using an adapter), and you'll gain vast quantities of space for your applications, images, or digital audio files.
Amazingly, the new drive is less of a drain on your batteries than the previous models and has a 50% higher shock rating than before.
The new 1GB Microdrive will retail for less than $500 while a 512MB model will sell for under $400. Those prices help keep IBM's Microdrives on top as just about the cheapest (per megabyte) and highest capacity option for demanding portable storage.
Companies with compatible devices include:
Acer, Casio, Kodak, Fujifilm, Hewlett-Packard, i2Go, Minolta, Nikon, Psion, RICOH, and Sanyo.
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