Progress (geek post)

My new external drive arrived this week, and even though I knew it would be small, I was still surprised.

Here is my old external drive (13-inch MacBook Air for comparison):

OWC drive

It holds 250 GB and requires a power brick.

Here is my new drive, which holds 500 GB, is bus powered (no electrical outlet needed), and cost less than the old one:

WD drive

I couldn’t believe it when I took this little thing out of the wrapping. And it’s not even the smallest form factor out there—at least two other drives are even thinner. This one, by Western Digital, is called My Passport and really is the size of a passport. Not only that, but you can get up to one terabyte of capacity in the same enclosure.

drive comparison: thickness

I’ve happily moved my old drive off the desk and tucked the new one into a drawer. It’s nice to have both a freed-up power outlet and more desk space…not to mention a drive with twice the capacity and a much higher transfer speed. (USB 3.0 rocks.)

Remember all of those science fiction shows in which an entire library is stored on a data crystal or something similar? Those used to be “ooh” moments, when I’d think how cool it would be to have such massive storage in such a tiny space. Now I have something pretty close to it sitting in my desk drawer. By the time I buy my next drive, it might really be a data crystal.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Progress (geek post)

  1. xenatuba says:

    Cool stuff. I really like our passport; it helps keep my (you can go ahead and snort in disgust here) pc pretty clear. I really like it for storing the music that I arrange. Those files take up a lot of room.

    • oregon expat says:

      No snorts from here — use what works for you. But I do have to ask whether you’re backing up that music somewhere else? Don’t let that be your only copy!

  2. Paulo says:

    I fully appreciate these rare signs that we are, in fact, living in the future. If only they hadn’t spoiled our young expectations with the flying-car silliness…

    I just checked, I believe I can fit 12 of those inside my 250 GB WD external drive, which I’m sure was way more expensive a few years ago.

    Interesting times we’re living. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days somebody told me we’re going to be dropping an SUV-sized autonomous rover on the surface of Mars by first parachuting it out of a capsule and then using jet boosts to slowly and gently drop it from a sky crane.
    What am I saying, that’s just a wild dream. But who knows… someday!

  3. Sue Dunham says:

    Data is now 10¢ per Gb. Amazing. Even more amazing is that the 3 Tb drive I have is not big enough.

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