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IOGEAR Announces Industry's Smallest External Hard Drive

From The Show Floor - IOGEAR Announces Industry's Smallest External Hard Drive

by , 4:00 PM EDT, July 14th, 2004

To bring your stuff on the road, there are many solutions available. Of course there are external hard drives, which offer plenty of storage space, but are relatively bulky. On the other end of the spectrum are portable USB drives, which are certainly portable, but tend to have somewhat limited storage space and performance. Fortunately, our friends at IOGEAR are hoping to fill this gap with what they claim is the industry's smallest external drives.


Rear View of the New ION 1.8" Drive

The ION 1.8" will come in two versions, one that supports USB 2.0, and a Combo unit that will support both USB 2.0 (480 Mbps throughput) and FireWire (400 Mbps throughput). Both drives are also compatible with the USB 1.1 specification, for those that have older machines. What we found compelling is the innovative case design, which includes a belt clip for professionals on the move.

The drives will be available in both 20GB and 40GB capacities, and should be available in August 2004. Pricing has not yet been set.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Hopefully, the 1.8" drives that IOGEAR will be using will be available in sufficient quantities, so they don't run into the same fiasco that held up the iPod Mini.

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