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Wireless drives give you on-the-go movies and more

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    DAVID PAUL MORRIS - BLOOMBERG NEWS
    The SanDisk Corp. Connect Media Drive is a palm-sized square that’s about 2 1/2 inches on each side and weighs 2 1/2 ounces. It costs $80 for 32 GB and $100 for 64 GB.
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    DAVID PAUL MORRIS - BLOOMBERG NEWS
    The SanDisk Corp. Connect Wireless Flash Drive costs $50 for a version with a 16-gigabyte card, enough for seven or so standard-definition movies, and $60 for 32 GB.

File these two new gadgets under “solutions to problems you didn’t know you had.”

They’re the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive, made for on-the-go, solid-state storage for, and access to, movies, music, photos and documents. They’re unobtrusive, modestly priced and ridiculously useful.

Take a few movies along on a trip without eating up the storage space on your phone or tablet. Stream a multimedia presentation to several users at once. Or use them to keep a couple of kids in the backseat amused on the road.

The SanDisk devices use chips for data storage rather than a mechanical hard drive. That makes these small and light with a lower out-of-pocket cost. Since they have no moving parts, there’s less risk of a mechanical failure.

The Flash Drive’s tiny hatch covers a slot that houses a removable memory card. It costs $50 for a version with a 16-gigabyte card – enough for seven or so standard-definition movies – and $60 for 32 GB. The palm-sized square Media Drive costs $80 for 32 GB and $100 for 64 GB. – Rich Jaroslovsky, © 2013, Bloomberg News

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