Pocket Drive & Thumb Drive Portable Storage Devices:
Pocket Drive Portable Storage Devices can more
aptly be divided among USB Flash Memory (Key Chain Devices) & USB
Portable Storage Products (Pocket Drive Devices).
We started this Portable Storage Device List and
promised to refrain from comment until we saw market maturity and product
availability. We're getting there very quickly! They're here! And current
prices reflect affordability too!
We've progressed from Floppies
to Zip Disks to CD-R Recording, DVD Recording and now Flash
Memory. And each iteration of portable storage media progressed through
another interface from Floppy Controller, Parallel Port, ATA/ATAPI
Controller to USB 1.1 & USB 2.0 to Network
Attached Storage Device though either CAT5
direct or USB Device to the Network. What a ride!
Iomega owned the portable storage market when they
announced 10 MB Zip Disks, then actually introduced 100 MB Zip Disks. The
ONLY place we ever saw a 10MB Zip Disk was @ Comdex. Even then, Iomega was
working on the 250 MB Zip Disk when they introduced the thing. Zip drives
were introduced with a parallel port interface, followed by SCSI, then
ATAPI and finally USB followed by
1394 FireWire interfaces. Surprising to
see Iomega was unable to progress with the times. They had a good thing
going until they forgot who put them back in business - Loyal Customers.
Iomega was true to form in introducing another proprietary format - Click
Drives and then Peerless Drives. Iomega's Peerless
drives are a part of the Iomega.com
- Iomega HDD product line.
Iomega appears to have embraced a Technology the
HD Manufacturers own - NAS (Networked Attached Storage). Iomega should
have remained true to their roots - Portable Storage. Had they done
so, Iomega could have lead this current Portable Storage phenomena instead
of following it. GB
How big is your Pocket?
Do not be mislead by the terms Portable Storage
& Pocket Drives. If Physical Size & Capacity seems somewhat
confusing - Take a look @ these different offerings to decide if any meet
your criteria for either.
Portable Storage could be anything portable.
Whereas, Pocket Drives actually fit in a pocket. So, how big IS your
pocket these days?
- New DRM-Enabled USB Drives Attract Label's Eye:
CyberKey has added digital-rights-management technology to its line of
USB flash drives, an improvement which has attracted the attention of
a major music label interested in distributing pirate-proof music
Just when you thought Compact Flash was only 1GB...
Now - www.LexarMedia.com adds
2GB & 4GB capacities to it's CF Card Line with 32X Write speed for
4.8MB per second Data Transfers (3/6/2003).
Media Introduces World's Highest Capacity CompactFlash:
"We are pleased to be the first company to bring 4GB
CompactFlash to market, which is made possible by our advanced
controller technology and the new industry leading 4-gigabit quad
die pack flash memory from Samsung. The close Lexar Media and
Samsung relationship allows us to collaborate to optimize our
controller with the Samsung 4-gigabit flash memory device and
deliver the largest CompactFlash available." The 4GB card
will be Type II and is expected to ship in the 2nd quarter 
for $1,499.99 (3/6/2003).
- Preclick Photo Manager
software, "Photos-to-Go" solution bundled with CyberKey
"Plug and Play" removable flash memory storage drives.
According to Brian Smiga, CEO of Preclick, "As one of the first
developers for Palm, we are going to be bundling with USB drives,
CompactFlash, and all types of storage devices. We see Preclick
software as a driver of demand for storage and paid web-services (like
high-speed internet, travel, and sharing) as well as
Tiny New Hard Drives May Incorporate DRM
- Prototype Drives to be Showcased @ CES Hitachi Booth will include
both Parallel ATA & less expensive Serial
ATA Interfaces. The Consortium aims to reduce the 80 GB 'Tiny' HD
Disk price for Consumer Video Recorders to under $80.00
- Trade Organizations: www.iVDR.org:
Hard Disk Drive Consortium - Digital
Rights Management (DRM) (1/2/03).
Mini USB Drives: 64 & 128 MB (12/9/2002).
Media Introduces New High-speed JumpDrive(tm) For Personal Data
Storage and Transfer (8/3/2002).
Media, Compact Flash, Memory Stick Data Recovery (5/7/2002).
Memory Stick (5/7/2002, Updated 2/2/2003).
Electronic Times Internet - IT News Service: Jungsoft
Unveils Portable Storage Device (4/02/2002).
Portable storage options: More choices for portable storage (2/2/2002).
Inc.: Press Release... Nano
Storage Quote: "One of the first products that Nano Storage
will offer is a series of Compact Flash™ like storage devices
ranging in capacities from one to eight gigabytes." (4/19/2001)
- Cinema to go: Hard Disks - ArcDisk & MiniHD both with
USB 2.0 Interface.
FlashDio USB Drive
- BUSlink: (Portable Storage) Pocket
Drives, BUSlink's Disk On The Go Series, 20 GB.
Grüvstick 64MB & 128MB Storage Capacity (12/10/2002).
Centon Electronics - Data Stick Products
- CyberKey (3/4/2003).
- Cyclone Flash
- M-Systems-DiskOnKey: Personal Removable Storage USB Device.
- Easydiskusa Transporting Your Data Has Never Been This Easy:
Site may still be off line (12/19/2002).
MSR Series - I-O DATA Memory Stick
IomegaDirect Hard Disk Drives: (Portable
- LaCie PocketDrive:
Portable USB Storage
2.0 Press Release (11-18-02).
- Lexar JumpDrive 2.0 Pro: Sales Comps & Review
- Products- FlashDrive- Portable USB Storage Drive
- Pen Drive (USB Flash Drive), Pocket Drive, Pendrive: 32 MB - 1
by Jungsoft.com: Makers of HD
Sheriff and now NexDisk, USB
Portable Storage Device - The Next Generation Disk!
- On-Click LLC is your USB Drive distributor: USB Drives from 32
MB to 2 GB!
Portable Disk, DRAM Module, DiskOnModule & USB Card Drive etc.
- SanDisk Consumer Products: SanDisk
Cruzer is the world's first portable, pocket-size storage
device with upgradeable flash memory powered right from the USB port!
16 - 128 MB.
- Piccolo USB Flash Drive: 32 - 256 MB.
- FlashDio: A portable storage device with
internal flash memory in capacities from 8 MB to 512 MB.
Thumbdrive - Your Personal Data Vault:
- USB 007 - Portable Mini USB Drive
with Secure Data Encryption System (12/12/2002).
- USB External Drive Up to 100GB Portable Storage:
- www.Verbatim.com: Store 'n' Go
USB Thumb Drive - USB 2.0, 256MB to 1GB.
- WiebeTech Micro Storage Solutions: FireWire KeyChain support IBM