is debuting a complete line of portable notebook and desktop Automatic Backup Systems (ABS) for the Mac at this week’s Macworld Expo San Francisco.
With capacities ranging from 10 GB to 100 GB, the Mac ABS offers FireWire connectivity at up to 408 Mbits/second data transfer. It supports Mac OS 8.6, 9.x and X. The ABSplus for iBook and PowerBook users fits in a pocket and can withstand non-operating shock up to 800Gs and operating temperatures ranging from 5 degrees C to 55 C, according to Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals.
Backup tasks can be configured for the entire system, or just certain files. Users can create additional file folders to store “occasional use” files and programs that don’t need to remain on the host computer in order to take advantage of any remaining hard drive space on the ABS. Disaster recovery of the entire systems takes only moments, using the bootable FireWire ABS, Burke said. And single file recovery can be handled via drag and drop, he added.
Both the notebook and desktop FireWire ABS solutions can be accessed as an additional drive volume by the host computer. The notebook ABS with an interface choice of Firewire or USB 2.0 is now shipping in capacities of 10 GB, 20 GB, 30GB, and 40 GB with 60 GB available at the end of February. Pricing starts at US$279.00. The Desktop ABS with an interface choice of Firewire or USB 2.0 is available now in capacities of 20 GB, 40 GB 60 GB, 80 GB, and 100GB capacities. Estimated street prices range from $349 for the 20 GB solution, to $649 for the 100GB. Both notebook and desktop solutions are compatible with Mac OS 8.6, 9.x and X.