Seagate Getting into Mini Hard Drives

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Seagate Technology is throwing its hat in the miniature hard drive arena.

It is going to release later this year a pair of 1-inch hard drives that can hold either 2.5 GB or 5 GB.

These can either be embedded directly into devices or built into CompactFlash Type II cards.

There are several companies already making these so-called microdrives, including Cornice and Toshiba. However, no one has yet released one that can hold 5 GB of data.

Though miniature hard drives cost much less than Flash memory cards of the same capacity, some people are nervous about using them in portable devices because they have a spinning hard disk in them. Seagate says it has designed its products to survive the shocks mobile devices must endure in daily use.

Seagate’s mini hard drives should hit the market during the third quarter of this year.

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