TrekStor Datastation Microdisk 20GB

It has a footprint not much larger than a credit card and is thinner than my fifth generation iPod but can carry with it nearly 20GB of data. It’s called the TrekStor Datastation Microdisk featuring a miniscule 1.8-inch hard drive that connects to your computer over USB.

It’s the smallest portable drive that has ever graced the desk at TechCast Network and it’s certainly proved its worth over the past month of being used for a variety of projects. This has included large and lengthy downloads to continuous disk writing and has endured the harsh climate inside my laptop bag. The Trekstor has survived throughout and continues to serve its purpose.

Performance of this 1.8-inch Microdisk sits in between flash memory and 2.5-inch portable drives. When compared with my 30GB 5th generation iPod also uses a 1.8-inch Microdisk, the TrekStor was able to reduce copying times by about half.

TrekStor benchmark times
1.09GB 1 minute 5 seconds
350MB 20.28 seconds

5th generation iPod 30GB times
1.09GB 2 minutes 01 second
350MB 37.09 seconds

When considering the benchmark figures, this makes the TrekStor an appealing buy if you’re after performance and large storage in a small package.

There is one other thing to consider before you go out and buy one of these though. That’s got to be reliability. Flash drives have a much better record for reliability than any kind of hard drive that uses moving parts. Failure rates can vary and you may not have or never will experience a problem, but if you do, the results can be catastrophic. So whilst flash drives are slower and come in smaller sizes, they do offer the peace of mind that you are unlikely to experience any problems with them.

Saying that, the track record for hard drives has improved and I can confidently say that you shouldn’t experience any problems even if you expect the drive to experience some tough love. My 30GB iPod which uses the same type of drive has lasted me about three years now and has been used nearly every day and taken everywhere with me.

The TrekStor drive connects via a standard mini-USB cable that comes included in the box, but fear not if you lose it, because they’re readily available and you’ve probably got several of them around the house or the office already anyway since a lot of other USB devices such as digital cameras and mobile phones already use this connector.

TrekStor has built a solid drive that feels like a quality product when held. There’s no flexing of the case and it doesn’t feel so fragile as though it could break any moment. Although what would have been nice is if they included some kind of rubber mounting or padding around the edges so if you did ever drop it, some of the impact would be absorbed.

This portable hard drive is the answer to mass storage on the go. With 20GB to play with, you could even use it as portable backup. Either way, this minute drive will serve you well with its good performance and lightweight shirt-pocket-friendly design.

2008-11-05 Onwah Tsang

3 comments - why not add yours

  • jensen says:

    The points you make about getting this over a flash drive are convincing but the 2.5-inch variety still offers better value for money and performance. Yes they’re bigger but performance and capacity are key for me. You can pick up a 160GB drive for about the same price as the TrekStor.

    Posted on 5th November 2008
  • oni says:

    @jensen: True that you can pick up more capacity at similar prices, however you’re also talking about multiplying the form factor several times. This drive is tiny in comparison. Depends on what you’re looking for I guess, but I would much prefer to take the TrekStor with me whenever I need to carry large amounts of data.

    Posted on 5th November 2008
  • fnkyjezmaster says:

    It’s definitely small but I don’t think this wiil replace my usb drive. You have to remember to take the USB cable with you everytime you left the house. How often are you going to forget? They should have included a cable built in or just one that is permanently attached.

    Posted on 7th November 2008

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