Why don't we have portable hard drives instead of small USB keys and just shove them in computers like floppy disks and they're like 1TB+ large, is it because everyone likes their USB keys tiny and loses them the next day or is there a better reason?
because people don't know how to care for hard drives. Especially portable ones. Spinning drives die all the fucking time. Maybe if we did portable SSDs the universe would be better, but portable HDDs would be a BAD time. Data loss all over the place because people don't know what backups are.
Get a computer with a dock or a front panel bay docking station? There were also magneto-optic disks at one point but they were too durable (in a cartridge), infinite rewrites etc. compared to DVDs so they were gotten rid of by the illuminati.
Don't know about you, but I have 6 slots available for SSDs.
Here's what 4 of these look like in the same case I have, Corsair 900D. (I only have 1 5.25 adapter at the moment.)
They are just consumer features to make HP stand out. I just took a look at the HP desktop I have and it has a portable drive bay and a media drive bay on the front which is pretty cool. HP's website is pretty useless for looking at exactly what the computer has, so it's kinda hard to tell if they still sell desktops with media bays
because average person dosen't need 1tb of portable data
because everyone likes their usb keys tiny, it increases portability
and because hard drives have moving mechanical elements
i had palm lifedrive years ago, it had "small portable hard drive" inside. After switching it to CF card everything was way better - microdrive was slower, had higher power draw and was more likely to get damaged (mechanically, i mean).
although when i was internetless kid we were transfering our pirated games through HDD with my friends. It required turning computer off (ata), but it was good method back then.