Removable Storage for Your Rodent?
This IBM/Hitachi press photo shows not a capybara-size hamster but a tiny Compact Flash-size hard-disk drive called the Microdrive. Introduced in 2003, this miracle of miniaturization briefly provided high storage capacity and performance for low cost--before ever-more-capacious flash media eclipsed those advantages.
The Apple iPod (2001) and other media players used similar spinning-disk devices, but device makers (and household pets) became frustrated with the Microdrive's inherent fragility, high power requirements, and limited storage capacity. The format is already flirting with obsolescence.