Hitachi Readies 4GB Microdrive
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today said it had begun shipping samples to OEMs of its 4-Gbyte Microdrive, which will ship to the public in November.Hitachi Global Storage Technologies on Monday said it had begun shipping samples of its 4-Gbyte Microdrive, which will ship in November. The 1-inch MicroDrive, the smallest rotating magnetic disk drive, is currently only available in a 1-Gbyte capacity, although Hitachi Global Storage has previously announced plans to ship a 2-Gbyte drive later this year. However, the 4-Gbyte Microdrive, known as the 3K4, may face a serious obstacle -- the 2-Gbyte barrier of the FAT16 system. Digital cameras and other devices must be programmed to allow reading and writing of data to FAT32 disks. Like Hitachis previous Microdrives, the latest device fits within a CompactFlash Type II form factor.
However, the data transfer rate of the new Microdrive is 70 percent faster than previous versions, Hitachi said.