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: Why this ???
by fretinator on Fri 9th Dec 2005 20:38 UTC in reply to "Why this ???"
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It has a small capacity.

I hope everyone understands the limitation here. If you are going to do the self-powered usb device, it will have to be based on the 2.5" laptop drive form factor. Thus, 100GB is the limit (and 80GB is much better priced for laptop drives). If you'd rather have the previous form-factor for this kind of device (3.5" desktop drive, requires external AC adapter), then you will have large drives but a very bulky, non-portable device.

These are the only choices. Some people sacrfice space for portability, others don't. 'Nuff said.

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