Wednesday, June 16, 1999 Published at 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Small disks aim big
The microdrive holds 340 Mb of data
A hard disk drive not much bigger than a postage stamp and a mini-removable disk are competing as new storage solutions for mobile professionals.
IBM's new product is a tiny hard disk with a capacity of 340 MB.
IBM claims that compared with similarly-sized, solid-state memory cards based on flash memory semiconductor technology, the Microdrive costs less and holds five times more.
Clik! A snap for digital cameras
Clik! has been launched by Iomega and is a small disk which fits inside a special PC Card drive. It holds 40Mb of data.
The disks will cost about £8 each and the drive they go into, developed jointly with Citizen Watch Company, about £180.
Notebook PC users backing up their data may also prefer the tiny drives to Iomega's larger Zip drive, which usually connects externally to a parallel port.
A mobile version of the Clik! drive can be used with digital cameras and handheld PCs.
High capacity storage
"We are seeing tremendous market interest for the high-capacity and low-cost-per-megabyte Microdrive. It fills a gap that is not being addressed by any other technology right now," said Bill Healy, general manager of IBM Mobile Storage Products.
IBM's new drive is due out this summer.