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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2005-07-06

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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RE[2]: Why this ???
by on Fri 9th Dec 2005 21:57 in reply to "RE: Why this ???"
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Okay - I understand.

But still all the over issues I mentioned apply.

Must say that the 3.5" drive in my computer doesn really look that unportable.
They arent as light but saying "very bulky, non-portable device" seems a bit exagerated in my opinion ... maybe not as portable & light as a smaller drive.

I hope for LaCie that they also have things that are not based on spining disks because to me it seems that there is a lot more development outside of hard discs ... .

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RE[3]: Why this ???
by klynch on Sat 10th Dec 2005 04:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Why this ???"
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2005-07-06

I said the same thing about my Dell 8200 laptop when I got it... it's got more power than the leading smaller notebook did in its time and i thought 8 lbs wasn't much to lug around. Boy was I wrong about that.

It's the same thing with external hard drives. Sure I have one for portability, but I rarely expect to transport it. Only on a few occasions do I ever plan to unplug it from my PC. If I wanted to do that, I would most definitely settle for a smaller hard drive like this LaCie.

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