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):
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:
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.
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.