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Hitachi starts sampling 4GB microdrive

FAT 32 thin end of the file system wedge
Mon Aug 25 2003, 11:51
New-microdrive-will-look-a-lot-like-the-old-microdrive HITACHI Global Storage, which now owns IBM's hard drive business, said it has started sampling 4GB microdrives aimed at the consumer market.

The drive, said Hitachi, weighs 16 grams, is the size of a regular book of matches, and is already being sampled by Sony, Kodak, Minolta, Pentax and Sigma.

Hitachi also claims the data transfer rate is 70 times more than its previous microdrive. Interestingly, even when used in a digital camera, that camera must support a FAT32 file system.

Box-of-matchesThe firm said it will carry on selling its 1GB microdrive and will introduce a 2GB version later this year.

The 4GB Microdrive will cost the suspiciously near to $500 sum of $499 when it goes into retail in November. µ


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