USB 2.0 Portable Storage Slap-Down

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2005-02-09 Print this article Print

Gigabytes in the palm of your hand. Take your data anywhere. What's not to like? We put two USB 2.0 hard-drives into The Slap-Down Cage, where two drives enter, one drive leaves.

USB thumb-drives are a good thing, putting up to a gigabyte of storage into a device the size of your pinky. In a case of too much of a good thing can be wonderful, small USB 2.0 hard-drives that can easily slip into your pocket have now come to market, offering 5, 10, 20, and even 40GB of storage in a very compact form-factor. Today we pit Seagates 5GB Pocket Hard Drive versus Iomegas 20GB Mini Hard Drive. Want to know how these mighty mites perform? USB 2.0 removes the system interface bottleneck, but if youre moving a couple of gigabytes of media files onto one of these drives, which one will get the job done faster? Get the rest of this story at ExtremeTech.
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Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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