Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2005 12:33 UTC
Linux Hard drive vendor LaCie has teamed up with Mandriva on a bus-powered USB 2.0 hard drive preloaded with desktop Linux. The "GlobeTrotter" boots Mandriva Linux LE 2005, and is available in 40GB and 80GB models priced at $140 [EUR 119] and $199 [EUR 168], respectively. The GlobeTrotter drives feature an industrial design by F.A. Porsche. The devices have rubber feet, a passively cooled case design, and a low-power drive that, unlike most USB drives, requires no separate power adapter, instead pulling power through the host PC's USB port.
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RE: drive capacity
by fretinator on Fri 9th Dec 2005 16:41 UTC in reply to "drive capacity"
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The drive is a small capacity because it's a 2.5" (laptop ) form factor. As such it doesn't require a fan or an external power supply, but the drive sizes are smaller and more expensive.

I get it, that makes sense. I am tempted by 2.5" drives for their portability, but I wind up buying big 3.5" ones for the space and price. I use Virtual Images to run Windows on linux, and some of these get to be 50-100GB, so the 2.5" doesn't cut it. However, in this case, where you are carrying the OS from machine to machine, it make sense, but not at that price. Just carry a Knoppix DVD and a cheap flash drive for permanent storage. You've now spent $20-30 for the same functionality.

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