Iomega, the company responsible for the zip drive has launched a range of mini hard drives the size of a credit card that store 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of data on them.

Called the rather humorous Micro Mini Hard Drives, the ultra-small drives will weigh less than 50 grams (1.75 ounces) and has a smaller footprint than a credit card (69.9x51x14.2 mm).

Its 4200-RPM hard drive, protected by drop shock technology, promises to deliver high performance in even the toughest travel environments, making it, say Iomega, an ideal travel companion for the mobile professional.

A fold-away USB connector is built into the Micro Mini Hard Drive's alloy case, eliminating the need for a separate USB cable. Power comes directly from the computer's USB 2.0 port.

The Micro Mini Hard Drive ships with an Iomega Solution CD that includes Iomega Automatic Backup (Mac) software, Iomega Automatic Backup Pro (PC) software for backup and disaster recovery, MUSICMATCH™ Jukebox music management software (PC and Mac), and Adobe® Photoshop Album™ SE (PC) software for digital photos.

The Iomega Micro Mini Hard Drive is available now for £86.99 (4GB model), £99.99 (6GB model) and £114.99 (8GB model)