Drive Me Wild

Storage drives for your laptop

You're a laptop-toting professional. But unless you're independently wealthy, you probably didn't buy one with 128MB RAM, a 14GB hard drive and a built-in disco ball. Your budget-notebook hard drive probably fills up faster than a kiddie pool in August. Luckily, you have options when expanding your computing elbow room.

Adding laptop storage can be a complicated-and expensive-proposition. We'll skip popping the hood on your little precious and instead look at external and PCMCIA upgrades that will give you more storage capacity. We've narrowed down the field to hard drives and removable media. If you like the swap 'em-out floppy-style convenience of Zip disks, then take a look at the Iomega Clik! drive and Castlewood Orb drive. For good ol' extra hard-drive space, consider the Procom ATOMLite drives, Microtech PortableDrive or Road Warrior Bullet Drive Express. And if you like Star Trek, check into the FlipDisk.

Whatever jibes with your storage style, you'll be set to back up important files. When shopping, compare weight, size and convenience. You don't have to mess with an extra cable if you don't want to. The 40MB Iomega disks may be all you want or need, or you might prefer getting into the gigabyte range with hard-drive-style storage.

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This article was originally published in the June 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Drive Me Wild.

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