Data Storage to Go: The Latest Portable Drives Promise Easy Data Movement between Classroom and Home, PCs and Macs. (Spotlight)

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Data Storage to Go: The Latest Portable Drives Promise Easy Data Movement between Classroom and Home, PCs and Macs. (Spotlight)


Thatcher, Michelle, Technology & Learning


With the proliferation of MP3s, digital photos, and multimedia presentations, it seems as though the world is filling with information. As our hard drives bulge with ever more massive files, our increasingly mobile lifestyles demand that we carry all our data with us to our home, office, school, or wherever we might be.

Fortunately, manufacturers have responded to this need with high-capacity portable storage solutions, specifically smaller and lighter portable hard drives and compact USB-enabled flash memory drives.

A portable hard drive is essentially the same as the hard drive in your computer, but it is manufactured in its own case and connects externally to a computer via a USB cable. The USB connection means it can interface with any USB-equipped Macintosh or PC for fast file transfer. The latest crop of portable hard drives are particularly well suited for on-the-go professionals who work in a shared computing environment or who don't want to carry a laptop with them. For example, teachers or tech coordinators who travel among classrooms can use a portable hard drive to carry their desktop files to different workstations throughout the day. …

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