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Driving a Hard Bargain on Hard Drives

Techstination feature for Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Driving a hard bargain on hard drives. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you are running out of storage room on your PC... you have a couple of options. One is to simply buy a new computer. You can get a lot for your money these days. Another is to add another hard drive. And you can get a lot for your money there too. The problem for lots of folks is... .who wants to have to open the box up and try to install it? Maxtor's latest solution is a forty gigabyte drive that simply plugs into an external USB port on your machine. Product manager John Hamer...

"We can fit on our drive over 40 thousand high resolution photographs, you can put over forty hours of compressed digital video. We see people at work that like to have PowerPoint presentations with video integrated into the presentation. These are very large files."

And the Personal Storage 3000 LE drive will work with the new high speed USB 2.0 standard as well. Those connections are even faster than Fire wire connections used on many PCs for transferring digital video today...

"We have joked that this may be the first technology product that you can actually get home with before it becomes obsolete."

The price... under two hundred dollars. Maxtor sells a USB 2.0 card to upgrade your PC for about fifty dollars. You will run into the problem of having to open the box... but installing the card is simple enough for just about anyone. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.