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Hitachi Intros 4 GB Microdrive$500 storage device coming in November
Hitachi's Microdrive is 1 inch in diameter and weighs half an ounce. The new model, aside from gaining increased capacity over previous Microdrives, also sees an increase in data transfer rates of 70 percent and uses a new read-write head (femto slider head) that's half the size of its predecessors, resulting in a 40 percent decrease in the height at which the head travels above the disk platter. It's designed for compatibility with devices that support CompactFlash Type II media and uses the FAT32 file system to move beyond the 2 GB barrier of the previous FAT16 system.
Hitachi says manufacturers currently evaluating the drive include Blaupunkt, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma and Sony. Hitachi will continue selling the 1 GB Microdrive and will also introduce a 2 GB version later this year. The 4 GB drive is expected to ship in November for $499. For more information, visit http://www.hgst.com.
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