The ORB has arrived!

The ORB - a 2.2GB removable storage drive in the 3.5in form factor - has been released to market in Australia.

The $399 drive, which comes in both external and internal models, has been developed by Castlewood - a US company established by Syed Iftikar, the founder of storage company SyQuest Technology and the co-founder of Seagate Technology.

The ORB utilises MR (magneto-resistive) head technology, a performance improvement for disk drives, which previously had not been used in the removable storage market, the company claims. And according to Castlewood, the ORB offers a maximum sustained data transfer rate of 12.2Mbps.

Media for the ORB is priced at $69 per disk (one disk is included with the drive at purchase).

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