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Iomega debuts desktop, portable drives

updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue December 19, 2006

Iomega expands drive lines

Iomega today announced new versions of two of its storage products: the high-end UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive with an expanded capacity of 1 terabyte (TB) and a new stylishly black small form-factor Iomega dual interface Portable Hard Drive with 120GB of storage capacity. Designed for Mac OS X users, Iomega's UltraMax Desktop Hard Drives deliver secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure that complements Apple's Mac Pro and Power Mac series of computers. The device offers RAID support as well as a built-in FireWire/Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hub and FireWire 800 connectivity. In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax drive's two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include RAID 1, 'spanned' (both hard drives are treated as a single volume), and 'simple' (each hard drive is treated as its own drive letter).

The Iomega UltraMax Hard Drive is preformatted with Apple's HFS+ file system for Mac OS X users. HFS+ makes more efficient use of large hard drives and supports journaling under Mac OS X, which makes it easier to recover data in case of a problem, the company said.

The stackable UltraMax drive enclosure complements the new Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, an echo of the Mac Pro computer's industrial design. Its three interfaces include FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), and it provides users with a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub for easy expansion. Cables for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 operation are included with the drive.

It supports Mac OS X 10.1 or later and costs $500.

Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive

Measuring 0.5 inches (12.7mm) thin and an incredibly light 5.8oz.(163g), the Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire drive offers host-powered operation and Drop Shock technology. The drive's 2.5-inch hard drive delivers fast 5400 RPM performance and comes with both FireWire 400 (1394a) and USB 2.0 cables.

"Host-powered products are great for mobile users because they eliminate the need to bring along a power adapter and find a wall outlet for it," said Wharton. "The Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive gets all the power it needs from the USB or FireWire cable. Choice of connectivity combined with 120 gigabytes and a stylish little package make the new Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive an ideal portable hard drive for road warriors and others that need more freedom and versatility in their storage products."

Other features include the use of industry-leading EMC Retrospect Express backup and disaster recovery software for improved data security. In addition, Iomega's Drop Shock technology provides enhanced durability by helping protect both the drive and its data from unexpected bumps and jolts. The IomegaŽ Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is available for $190.

Iomega bundles Retrospect

Iomega now also includes EMC Retrospect Express software with the new UltraMax Drive and the new Black Portable Hard Drive. Retrospect Express delivers automated, reliable, cost-effective protection for Windows and Mac users, offering functions for backups and disaster recovery. Users can backup open files, verify backup integrity during the backup, have scheduled backups proceed even without logging in, and recover individual files or a complete system to any point in time.

by MacNN Staff



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