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vniow
Jan 21, 2003, 07:34 PM
Take a look at one of those credit cards in your wallet. That's the exact size and thickness of an upcoming, revolutionary removable storage device called StorCard.

Created by a company with the same name, StorCard can contain from 100MB to more than 5GB of data on a plastic card. At first glance, it looks like a credit card, and even has a magnetic strip like a credit card, for potential use in standard credit card readers.

The hard disk data, however, is accessed on a tiny spinning disk inside the thin card.
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"The card actually has moveable parts inside its thin shell," says Bill Heil, vice president of StorCard.

A spinning wheel made of Mylar is engaged when the card is inserted into a StorReader, a USB-connected drive or PC Card that reads and writes to the StorCard. The reader is expected to retail for under $100 and the cards for under $15 each, Heil says. (http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,108816,tk,dn011603X,00.asp)

Durandal7
Jan 21, 2003, 07:49 PM
An iPod just bigger than a credit card, that'll be the day.

howard
Jan 21, 2003, 08:20 PM
i wonder how easy it is to break one of those and lose all your data

Will Jones
Jan 22, 2003, 08:09 AM
I seriously doubt that they will be as thin as a credit card.
Howard raises a good point. I don't think that would be easily snapped/broken in half, but the drives must be reasonably fragile.

TheInevitable
Jan 22, 2003, 08:44 AM
Even so, for $15 bucks for a card, just back up your data often and you'll be fine. If marketed right, I think these things could become VERY popular.

Will Jones
Jan 22, 2003, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by TheInevitable
Even so, for $15 bucks for a card, just back up your data often and you'll be fine. If marketed right, I think these things could become VERY popular.

Where IBM went wrong with their Microdrives, perhaps?

lmalave
Jan 22, 2003, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by Durandal7
An iPod just bigger than a credit card, that'll be the day.

Only the card is credit-card size - they didn't say how big the reader is. Probably the reader is iPod-size anyway. Still tiny for a hard drive, but essentially we're just talking about a Zip drive except much smaller and with much larger capacity (eventually).

evoluzione
Jan 22, 2003, 09:13 AM
so take a look at www.storcard.com and you'll see that the reader is pcmcia, and also the cards/drives are somewhat flexible with no loss of data.....

lmalave
Jan 22, 2003, 06:16 PM
Originally posted by evoluzione
so take a look at www.storcard.com and you'll see that the reader is pcmcia, and also the cards/drives are somewhat flexible with no loss of data.....

Sweet! Then theoretically they should be able to make the iPod quite a bit thinner with this technology, if they can fit both the card and reader into a PCMCIA card...