CES: iTornado helps simplify PC to Mac switch

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Data Drive Thru on Monday announced the iTornado, a device designed to simply the transfer of data between a PC and Mac. The company is aiming iTornado at PC to Mac "switchers" who want to take their data to their new Macs without having to rely on a service technician to do it for them. It's coming in March and will cost $79.95.

The iTornado comprises a "file transfer micro computer" that connects between the USB ports of the target PC and the destination Mac. iTornado initiates a peer-to-peer network and auto-loads and auto-runs the software and drivers needed to move the data from one computer to another, without requiring the user to load any software manually on either machine. A split-screen display appears on the monitors of both machines, where files can then be dragged and dropped, transferred at up to 25 megabytes per second, according to the company.

The iTornado is the followup to the Tornado, the company's original USB-to-USB connectivity device designed for PC-to-PC file transfers. And like the Tornado, the iTornado comes bundled with security software that enables you to erase files on the PC up to Department of Defense (DoD) security standards.

In addition to CES, Data Drive Thru will be demonstrating the iTornado at next week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Data Drive Thru's Web site had not been updated with information about the iTornado as Macworld posted this article.

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