Mobile Data Storage: Up To 160 GB via USB and FireWire
Nowadays, we're not in such bad shape after all, especially when it comes to storage capacities. The first hard drives with up to 200 GB are coming out, and the prices of DVD burners are rapidly sinking, bringing the promise of data archiving on a grand scale. In addition, the increased capacities have distanced themselves from the usual space-gobbling software, so that insufficient storage space of yore is no longer an issue.
However, such hard drives are still rather unflexible, because the existing data remains tied to its physical location. Although the Internet offers nearly unlimited possibilities, there's still not enough bandwidth to allow end users to put as much data as they want wherever they want.
Decreasing the amount of data is one possible approach to giving your data more mobility, but in most cases this is neither pragmatic nor desireable. The logical consequence of this is external storage media, or products that are not built into a computer and are therefore not tied to a specific place. Solutions include removable hard drives, as well as MO and ZIP drives. However, these often have the strong disadvantage that their storage capacities are too low or their prices are too high. You should pay very close attention to the price, above all, because you can easily end up spending much more than you had wanted.
Hard drives from Maxtor and Western Digital offer the best of both worlds because they combine reasonably-priced, high volume hard drives with the most common interfaces: FireWire and USB 2.0. We took a look at three of the latest models and compared them with one another.