Gadgets 103-d

Published on January 25th, 2006 | by Greg


Design Pays Off- Even for Hard Drives

One would think all pocket or portable hard drives are essentially the same- they try to store as much data as possible in a small space and plugin with USB 2.0.

Pretty much every miniature hard drive meets those requirements, so how do you decide which to get? Well, they do vary in size/price- if you only need 1GB of storage, buying 5GB doesn’t make much sense. A few of them also vary in features, though these are largely gimmicks (like a fingerprint scanner to lock up your files).

Seagate’s Pocket Hard Drives do something a little different- they create a nice middle ground between thumb drives (about the size of a stick of gum) and external hard drives (usually the size of a paperback book). The former type of drive typically aim for 1GB at a reasonable price with a just a couple of ounces of weight, the latter can give you 100 GB or so for a similar price but with many, many times the weight and usually requiring external power.

Seagate’s drives offer either 2.5GB or 5GB of storage, and high speed transfer, and are maybe three times the weight of a thumbdrive. But the real highlight is the design: they are disc-shaped, which is unusual by itself, with a small transparent section and a blue LED, and a unique enclosure that wraps the USB cord and stores it.

The end result is a clever piece of packaging that turns a utilitarian device into something a little more fun- and a little more useful. Seagate’s Pocket Hard Drives are available for under $100, online and in stores.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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