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Archos ARCDisk claims to be World’s smallest and lightest portable Hard Drive

Archos, a global provider of innovative handheld entertainment and storage solutions, announced today the availability of the ARCDisk, the world’s smallest and lightest 20-gigabyte external hard drive. Also available in a 40GB drive, the ARCDisk costs one cent per megabyte — the lowest price for portable storage today. The ARCDisk is the latest advancement in ARCHOS’ extensive line of storage peripherals and is available for $249.95 today at www.archos.com.

Smaller than a floppy disk and weighing 2.7 ounces, the ARCDisk can easily fit in a shirt pocket and is ideal for business professionals or students who need to transport files to and from work or school. With the ARCDisk’s miniature size, and lowest cost per megabyte, customers get the easiest way to move videos, photos and documents wherever they go. The ARCDisk uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, allowing for fast and easy file transfers with no power cord or external power supply needed.

“The ARCDisk packs a tremendous amount of space in the smallest external hard drive available, which is exactly what professionals and consumers expect today,” said Hyder Rabbani, ARCHOS president in the United States. “The ARCDisk is the latest in a line of innovative and high-quality storage peripherals that work for people on the go, the way they want to use them. We are excited for the portable possibilities the ARCDisk delivers.”

Ultimate Portable Storage Device

The benefits of the ARCDisk’s extremely low cost per megabyte are complemented by the ways in which the device can be used. Based on the new generation 1.8-inch hard disk from Hitachi, the ARCDisk offers extreme portability of thousands of documents and more than 5,000 songs.

The ARCDisk is the perfect companion in such common scenarios:

— Dual Computer Users — With millions of business professionals using a computer at work and at home, the ARCDisk gives them the freedom to transfer files and documents to and from these machines — without the need to carry multiple computers.

— Business Professionals — For sales professionals and others with frequent meetings, the ARCDisk can store files for important presentations, without carrying an extra computer.

— Students — The ARCDisk is the perfect companion for students, who can store schoolwork on the device and transfer documents or media from home and school computers.

— Computer Upgrades — The ARCDisk is perfectly suited to home users with newly purchased computers, by allowing for fast and easy transfer of files, music and other media to the new machine.

Pricing and Specifications

The ARCDisk is available today at leading retailers and www.archos.com for a suggested retail price of US$249.95.

Features and Specifications

Capacity 20 or 40 GB
Buffer size 2 MB
Rotation speed 4200 rpm
Interface USB 2.0 (compatible USB 1.1) — up to 480 Mbits/sec
Dimensions 76 x 77 x 8.8 mm for 20 Go
Weight 75 g (2.7 oz)
Compatible OS PC: Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
Compatible systems PC Compatible IBM Pentium(R) 233Mhz or higher
Package includes USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter, drivers, and six-language installation guide

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