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Calluna 650 mb drive
by Rick Smith (November 17, 2000)


Calluna keeps marching forward. They are now demonstrating the new 650MB version of their Type II (single slot) PC Card drive. While it looks and acts just like their 260 megabyte version, the 650 has over twice the capacity - an entire CD-ROM’s worth of data can be stored on the drive. This Calluna moveIT drive facilitates easier installation of CD software on computers that don’t have CD drives, like many of the wearable computers, tablet computers and ultra miniature computer systems. Because many of these devices are smaller than CD players themselves, this drive provides efficient, small size, high capacity media.

The Calluna moveIT 650 megabyte drive is also quite handy for general "backup", storage and transfer of files between conventional laptops in the field. Sure, laptops can be cabled together in the field in a variety of different ways, but they have to both be on at the same time. If you are transferring data in a vehicle, you sometimes don’t have enough room to get this accomplished, after all, you only have one lap. Other add-on, external hard drives generally have cables attached, are much larger and simply don’t fit completely inside the computer like the Calluna drive. These external devices sometimes need their own, separate power supply as well. The Calluna moveIT drive also doesn’t need a CD full of software to get it installed on your computer, since support is native in Windows 9X and above. The basic ATA PCMCIA drivers will support this drive in DOS and other operating systems.

While the Calluna moveIT drive is quite small and easily fits in your shirt pocket, I recommend storing it in a cool blue, “gel” container found in Delkin’s Pro Imaging Kit. A great business use for this drive is to store a backup of your presentation when on the road. This way, you can make changes to the presentation during your trip and always have an up-to-date copy, even if your laptop is lost, stolen or crashes. If that happens, you take your Calluna drive out of its container, put it in any modern laptop with the presentation software installed and continue on. All without having to carry around cables, power supplies and wires. And you won’t have to install any special device driver software on the replacement laptop.

I feel that the best feature of the Calluna moveIT drive is SIMPLICITY - it works just like a HUGE, really, really fast, floppy disk. You plug it in, save and transfer your data and you’re done - real Plug and Play. No need to download the latest 9 megabyte device driver just to use it.

The Calluna moveIT 650 megabyte drive also:

  • utilizes the latest GMR (Giant Magneto Resistive) recording technology

  • is a single platter, single head design. These guys tell me that they will soon be ramping up to produce a two headed version for a whopping 1.3 gigabyte of capacity in the same size!

  • runs on either five volt or 3.3 volt power

  • can operate in the 68 pin true IDE interface standard. This enables the Calluna moveIT drive to be used as the “boot” device for mobile or embedded applications. Sounds to me that this would be a great drive for the new Tablet PC!

    Copyright © 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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