Sony Storage Gizmo Uses 1-Inch Hard Drive
Consumers interested in portable storage gained a new option Tuesday, when Sony Electronics unveiled a 2-Gbyte solution that takes up the space of a business card.Consumers interested in portable storage gained a new option Tuesday, when Sony Electronics unveiled a 2-Gbyte solution that takes up the space of a business card. The $249.99 Micro Vault Pro will be available later this month, Sony said. The 2-inch x 2.75-inch form factor will hold a 1-inch hard disk drive that can connect to PCs via a USB interface, the company said. Together with the Hitachi MicroDrive, Cornice Storage Element, Toshibas upcoming 0.8-inch hard disk drive, USB storage keys, and other small-form-factor devices, users have a wealth of options to choose from when selecting PC data backup. Sony hopes to give its solution a bit of an edge, however, by including backup software that can automatically copy a PCs files onto the device for storage.
"As working outside the office at least part of the time is becoming more common, were seeing the use of USB storage continue to rise," said Michael Lucas, director of consumer and convergent media for Sony Electronics Media and Applications Solutions Division, in a statement. "Micro Vault PRO provides the mobile worker the higher capacity needed for even the most media-rich data, and the synchronization software offers the convenience of never having to remember to transfer your work to the device and back to your PC."