Plextor has come out with a miniature external hard drive that's a mere smidgen larger than a credit card. The Plextor Pocket Hard Disk comes in a choice of 60GB and 120GB capacities and is compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs.

Plextor is pushing the fact that the Pocket Hard Disk drives have convenience and portability on their side, but are able to store far more data, music and photos than would a USB thumb drive. The Pocket Hard Disk measures 12x90x60mm - roughly equivalent to three USB sticks.

The USB 2.0 drives can copy data at up to 480 megabits per second to and from a PC.

Pricing for the 60GB and 120GB drives has yet to be announced, but they go onsale in the UK in mid-December.

Plextor Pocket Hard Disk external drive