It's better to buy the real thing after proper research, than
getting whatever is available cheap first.
For home use, those things will usually last a whole lifetime.
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This is my first big project that I started in February 2004. I will add new
test results whenever I get the chance to test a new card or card reader. However, I
gave up contacting manufacturers and distributors, because this takes up too much time
and is next to useless.
The ARCDisk40 would be the best tiny external harddisk available, but unfortunately
the ATA to USB 2.0 bridge used is way too slow. In the meantime there are other solutions
available where you get the full performance of the harddisk at the price of a few
millimeters in size and less build quality. I would go for speed if I had the choice.