Make no mistake, it's been a hot minute since we've heard a good word from Hammer Storage, but the outfit is back and better than ever with an all new pocket-friendly hard drive. The morespace Portable weighs in at less than 5-ounces and houses a 2.5-inch HDD with capacities ranging from 160GB to 750GB. The USB 2.0 device can also be customized with your own protective skin, giving data thieves one less reason to pick off your drive versus one that's not plastered with your ex-girlfriends face. Pricing is available "upon request," and just so you know, the 160GB - 500GB units are available now, but the 750 gigger won't be around 'til January of next year. Full release is after the break.

UNLIMITED COLORS AND DESIGNS SET NEW MORESPACE PORTABLE HARD DRIVE APART AS MUST-HAVE COMPUTER ACCESSORY

New USB 2.0 morespace Features Compact, Shirt Pocket Size and Offers Unlimited Opportunities for Consumers to Show Their Style Through the Use of Personalized Skins

San Jose, Calif. – Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts Inc. (OTC: BELM.PK), one of the world's largest value-added distributors of storage and computing technology, today announced the release of its latest storage solution: morespace™ Portable. Hammer's morespace Portable is a compact, lightweight portable hard drive that allows users to instantly add more space to both PCs and Macs. Complete with easy to use back-up software, morespace Portable is available now. Priced below comparable offerings, morespace Portable costs under 26 cents per gigabyte (GB) of storage and can be found at select retail stores and online retailers listed at www.hammer-storage.com.

For on-the-go consumers, the new morespace is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket and offers users the ability to make their morespace exclusively their own through the use of customizable skins – which will also protect it from scratches. morespace Portable sets itself apart by offering more than just the standard color choices available from its major competitors. One skin is included with the morespace Portable unit to get consumers started, which can easily be removed and replaced with a custom skin of the consumer's choice.

Andy Dorian, retail value add manager for Bell Microproducts, commented that, "Electronic devices have become such an integral part of our every day lives, and Hammer Storage wanted to provide a creative outlet for consumers to express their individuality and uniqueness by giving them the ability to make morespace their own. The only limit to skinning the morespace unit is one's imagination – the possibilities are endless to make each morespace unique to its owner."

Dorian continued, "Consumers are becoming more and more comfortable making personal storage purchases. Familiarity with the options available combined with the consolidation of suppliers of major computer products is causing consumers to place more emphasis on the look and feel of the products being offered."

With the worldwide external and network storage market reaching 47 million units sold in 2007, today's increasingly digital lifestyles and massive amounts of data accumulated necessitate storage options that are simple, reliable and affordable. In fact, consumers are demanding it. Hammer Storage is focused on simplifying data storage solutions for home and office users who need to protect and share their irreplaceable digital memories including treasured family photos, home movies and music downloads. Additionally, the new morespace Portable is very compact – allowing consumers to take this data with them wherever they go.

morespace Portable follows in the successful footsteps of Hammer Storage's initial morespace offering, morespace External, in offering a simple storage solution for home and office users. With a skinnable face and compact design, morespace Portable features a 2.5 inch drive, weighs just 5 ounces and offers instant storage capacity for all types of data – all with no external power source.

"morespace Portable is the perfect answer for the consumer that needs more storage capacity immediately, and needs to be able to take it with them and access it in multiple locations. Hammer Storage is able to break down cost barriers by utilizing Bell Micro's market leadership in hard disk drives and storage, giving us the ability to offer morespace Portable at the extremely competitive price point of less than 26 cents per GB of storage," added Dorian.

morespace Portable is backed by a one-year warranty and the support of Hammer Storage's data storage experts. Capacities currently offered include 160 GB up to 500 GB, with 750 GB expected to be available in early 2009. To learn more about morespace, please call 1-800-237-0840 or go to http://www.hammer-storage.com.

Pricing for morespace Portable is available upon request.