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HyperDisk: 45g hard drive, smaller than a credit card – Kickstarter ends tomorrow!

HyperDisk: 45g hard drive, smaller than a credit card – Kickstarter ends tomorrow!
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HyperDisk – the lightning-fast portable hard drive that's smaller than a credit card – has entered the last 24 hours of its Kickstarter campaign, having smashed its modest HK$ (US$10,052 / £7,639 / AU$14,707) target by a whopping 6,000%.

The HyperDisk is a remarkable piece of hardware for a number of reasons, both in terms of its size and its specs. Physically, the drive is only 45g with dimensions of 73.9 x 42.8 x 10.9mm – only 2mm taller than an Airpod – putting the size of other portable hard drives to shame, especially given its technical performance. 

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Available in 512GB, 1TB or 2TB capacities, the HyperDisk claims read and write speeds of up to 1,000MB/s. To put that in context, the drive can transfer a 20GB file (a 60-minute 4K video) in just 22 seconds. The below video demonstrates the device's read and write speed. 

Using a 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps interface and M.2 NVMe – which achieves an effective performance that's twice as fast as SATA solid state drives and ten times faster than traditional hard drives – the HyperDisk is also universally compatible with Mac, Windows, iPad and Android devices.

The fact alone that the HyperDisk is small enough to fit in a jeans pocket is reason enough to make it a must-have for any photographer or videographer's kit bag (or, indeed, their jeans pocket). 

However, couple that with the fact that it can transfer a 4K video that's 60 minutes in length in just 22 seconds, this device becomes an incredibly potent solution for both imaging and video for shooters on the move. 

Best of all, the earlybird and super earlybird prices are just as attractive as the size and performance. A 512GB HyperDisk costs just HK$669 (US$85 / £65 / AU$125), with 1TB costing HK$1,089 (US$139 / £106 / AU$204) and 2TB HK$1,799 (US$230 / £175 / AU$336)… but remember, the campaign ends on Friday!

We have a HyperDisk ready to send to our lab and we're looking forward to giving it a thorough speed test to see if it lives up to the hype.

Editor's note: As with all crowdfunding campaigns, there is no guarantee that the product will make it to fruition, be delivered on time or match initial promises or specifications. Backing crowdfunded products is done at your own risk.

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James Artaius
James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.