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This is good, but we had the idea earlier on, in the Shareware Inventions! See Portable Hard disc Drive
Seagate 160Gb external portable hard disc drive with USB2
This toaster-like gadget is the Seagate 160Gb portable USB2 external hard disc drive. Several years after I was considered mad to want to carry around more than 1.44Mb on a floppy disc and instead carried around a hard disc drive in a padded bag, devices like this portable hard disc drive appeared.
This has a reusability which burning expendable CD-R use-once discs does not have. As a means of transferring data about it's pretty good! So now we see such things as the Seagate 160Gb External Disc Drive USB 2.0, a genuine hard disc drive spinning round in a box, with a cable so you can plug it into your computer, or someone else's computer, and you can conveniently carry around large amounts of data!
OK, it's a consumer market and the new professionally constructed hard disc drives don't require a padded bag and instead have a nice case with little feet underneath. Also the cables have been made smaller so they don't need to have flat ribbon cables with IDC plugs on the ends being shifted about. But the idea is basically the same, comparatively large amounts of data being carted around in a portable hard disc drive.
I'm especially chuffed about this 160Gb external drive by Seagate as it was a special gift from Palmer Data Recovery the data rescue and recovery company in expectation of a nice dedicated affiliate page here at this site, which they have now got. See Palmer Data Recovery
If you would like to buy a Seagate External USB 2 portable hard disc drive like this, there are a few Computer Parts places who might have these things in stock.
Other points of note: The Seagate hard disc drive works perfectly well on Linux, even though the instruction leaflets only really tell you about Microsoft and the Apple Mac. Nevertheless, in Linux you just plug it in and it's a basic /mnt/pen bulk storage device. Very fast, especially if you have USB2. I have mine formatted FAT32 so it's compatible with both Linux and Windows systems. I advise avoiding NTFS as it's not properly compatible with Linux and other open source systems yet. The drive is perfectly happy with FAT32.
Works on 110 volts or 240 volts equally well and uses a standard Euro connector on the power supply unit (PSU). The drive itself works on 12 volts DC, but if you want to run it off a car battery you should use an inline fuse and some commonsense about charging-up procedures.
To get your own snazzy hard disc drive see Computer Suppliers (International Feature)
Update 2009: I am now trying to format a 1.5Tb Seagate drive in FAT32 so it's compatible with both Linux and Windows. The experts at Seagate Technical Support have suggested using gparted in Linux.