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The Memorex FlashDisc takes a USB flash drive (UFD) and engineers it into a familiar disk-shaped form factor. The idea here is to make these as inexpensively as possible, so people will be comfortable giving them away or passing them around. The little disks are just 2.3 inches in diameter, and they re flat, making them easier to mail than most USB drives.

At first, Memorex says FlashDiscs will be offered in 16MB capacities, with 32MB drives on the way. The company said they're using USB 1.1 to keep costs down. To be sold in spindles, in groups of three or separately and available now, they'll be priced at three for $19.99. In our book, 16MB is just too small to do much good.


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