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SMART OPTIONS: Clockwise from bottom right: Seagate’s FreeAgent external hard drive; Western Digital’s terabyte MyPassport portable drive and San Disk’s 16 GB phone memory card.
SMART OPTIONS: Clockwise from bottom right: Seagate’s FreeAgent external hard drive; Western Digital’s terabyte MyPassport portable drive and San Disk’s 16 GB phone memory card.

Anand Parthasarathy

World’s largest mobile phone memory — 16 GB from SanDisk

The price of SanDisk card is less than Rs.5000

First to have a docking station

BANGALORE: This has been a week of superlatives when it comes to personal storage. At almost the same time hard disk manufacturers announced massive new portable external PC storage — the kind you can carry with you. This came even as solid state storage leader SanDisk upped the ante as far as storage for mobile phones is concerned.

Western Digital is telling Indians: Let us put half a terabyte in the palm of your hand. The latest in the company’s My Passport series of portable personal computer drives store 500 GB and are easily attached to the mother PC or laptop through a Universal Serial Bus or USB port. This makes it easy to regularly backup your built-in hard drive as well as holding entire libraries of music or movies. The price is between Rs.9,000 and Rs.11,000.

Slimmest hard drive

Seagate has gone wholesale in its launches during September. The company’s new “FreeAgent Go” external hard drives are the slimmest in the industry, sitting just 12.5 mm proud of the surface. They are also the first with a docking station -- this means no hassle of disconnecting cables before you pack off the disk for carrying in your briefcase.

The drive holds 500 GB while the slightly larger 3.5 inch format drives are good for 1.5 terabytes. The Free Agent Go costs Rs. 12,000 for the 500 GB version with the docking station an additional Rs.1600. The 1.5 TB Free Agent XTreme will cost Rs. 17,000 and will be available this month.

Only three Sundays ago in this space we reported that SanDisk was offering an 8 GB memory card for mobile phones. Time marches on — and storage keeps pace: Now the company will offer a 16 GB Micro SDHC card for phones, video cameras, MP3 players and other space-hungry personal devices — claiming that is the highest capacity in the world for this format.

The asking price is just short of Rs.5,000. Look out for the product in chain stores like Croma Hot Spot and Mobile World.


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