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Portable Storage Guide 184

Elite 4CE writes "If you're like me, you are always transporting data from home to work, and back. I was surprized at how many options there were to facilitate this. have posted their Portable Storage Guide for 2005, covering everything from flash based devices that fit into your pocket, to huge FireWire drives with a capacity of 400GB."
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Portable Storage Guide

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  • New Category (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geomon ( 78680 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:44PM (#13678450) Homepage Journal
    How long until there is a category for embedded DRM as described in this [] article?

    It will probably start out with a few devices with DRM, but slowly everyone of the storage vendors will have a DRM solution. It will only be a matter of time, really.

    That said, the Seagate 100GB unit looks sweet.
  • by spyder913 ( 448266 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:45PM (#13678470)
    I just use the internet, it's great.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 29, 2005 @02:48PM (#13678506)
    "If you're like me, you are always transporting data from home to work, and back."

    No, I'm not like you. I like to keep work at work, and out of my home, where I have better things to do than work.
  • by Surt ( 22457 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @03:02PM (#13678645) Homepage Journal
    I think the main reason is this:

    You have 400 megabyte of data. You want to take it with you to work on (or maybe listen to) at another computer. You can:

    Flash drive: Copy to flash drive at 10megabytes/sec. Call that a minute with overhead. Requires the destination computer have USB.

    Internet: Email it through google mail, using googlefs at the speed of your internet connection. Typically, most people today are living with 5 megabit per second or less. Call that 15 minutes, more if you can't max out your connection, or are living with a slower connection. Requires destination computer have (fast!) internet service. 15 minutes or more likely to extract your data at the other end. This is all assuming there is no overhead for google mail. If you have static ip, maybe you are hosting this data directly, still requires a typical 15 minute one way trip, but how many people have a static ip for their home machine?

    Portable hard drive: Copy to portable hard drive at 20 megabytes/sec. Call that 30 seconds, but costs more than the flash option.

    I'll take either of the carry it with me options over the internet most days. Even more so on days when my data set that needs to travel is 30 gigabyte.
  • by hattig ( 47930 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @03:09PM (#13678709) Journal
    So when your iPod nano is so scratched you can't read the screen, treat it as a 2 or 4GB flash drive with integrated iPod Shuffle functionality!

    In fact for a 2 or 4 GB flash drive it isn't a bad price really, although most sensible people would jump up to a portable 2.5" Firewire drive at about the same price and not worry about the extra size.
  • by phelix_da_kat ( 714601 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @03:42PM (#13679009)
    What is best depends on your circumstances.. what you need to do? If you want to carry your home drive, a 100G Seagate momentus in aluminium compact case/caddy and FW/USB2 connector is cool! If is day-to-day data, pics or photos may I suggest.. []

    It's a 1G SD card.. an SD card you say.. what's so special.. OK

    1. is x66 speed - great for video/continuous frames on a camera

    2. compatible with my Canon compact and TREO 650

    3. It has a built-in USB connector!!!!! No need for extra adaptors!!

    A great idea.. as a SD card dual use it with an MP3 palyer, camera or phone etc.. plug it in to your USB at work or home!!

  • so many options (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MooseTick ( 895855 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @04:11PM (#13679293) Homepage
    What is the point of this article? To lists ways you can carry data? That is news?

    What about books(printed material), CDs, tatoos, etc?
  • Re:New Category (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cgreuter ( 82182 ) on Thursday September 29, 2005 @06:45PM (#13680523)

    It will only be a matter of time, really.

    No it won't. This is one of those situations where market forces will do the right thing. DRM makes storage devices less useful. Most people who buy removable storage already know this. The ones that don't will find out as soon as they buy their DRM-encumbered device.

    The basic principal of economics--sell people stuff they want--won't go away just because Hollywood has hyped up DRM. We--not the entertainment industry--are the customers. We pay their revenues and we'll stop doing that if they start making crappy (i.e. DRM'd) products. Given the sheer number of storage makers out there right now, it's not going to be difficult to switch to some else.

  • Re:New Category (Score:2, Insightful)

    by TinoMNYY24 ( 569172 ) on Friday September 30, 2005 @10:27AM (#13684321)
    Where do you see that they are both run by the same group? Wikipedia is for valid information that can be backed up by even more valid references. Uncyclopedia is meant to be a humorous source of false or useless information. They both use a free piece of software called a Wiki, but so do lots of sites these days. It's ridiculous to lump all of them together into a single category., Wikipedia, Uncyclopedia,, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other sites use a Wiki powered online documentation feature. This doesn't mean taht these sites have anything to do with each other, and the content validity of one site does not reflect on the content validity of any other.

    Your arguments are akin to saying "The Onion uses HTML, and so does, so obviously is not a valid news source."

    Just because they're both Wiki powered doesn't mean they're the same, or even related. The format similarity that you all are so annoyed at is simply the Wiki default template.

Truth is free, but information costs.