From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of r...
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.
From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of removable storage