Iomega Corp. today announced two new hard drives — one for the portable professional and the other a desktop drive. The drives are available in FireWire or USB 2.0 versions, depending on your needs.
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The Iomega Portable Hard Drive will be available in 20GB and 30GB capacities, while the Iomega External Hard Drive will be available in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacities. Iomega officials told MacCentral that the drives would include Iomega QuikSync software, which provides automatic on-the-fly backup. This is something the company said makes the new drives a complete solution and differentiates these drives from others on the market.
“Iomega is delivering the power that professionals and advanced home users need for whole-system backups, easy system recovery, and convenient data storage and protection,” said Tim Dammon, product general manager, Iomega Corp. “Our customers want flexibility and convenience in a product that not only travels well between computer systems, but also has the added bonus of moving easily between USB-based systems and FireWire-based systems. Iomega’s new portable and external hard drives are the next generation in terms of data security and hard drive throughput for mobile users and others with growing storage needs.”
The new drives are hot-swappable and plug-and-play. With an optional interface module, Iomega’s new hard drives can be switched between USB 2.0 and FireWire.
The portable drive is available immediately. Configurations include the Iomega 20GB USB Portable Hard Drive with a suggested list price of US$199; the Iomega 20GB FireWire Portable Hard Drive, $229; the Iomega 30GB USB Portable Hard Drive, $259; and the Iomega 30GB FireWire Portable Hard Drive, $279. To allow the same drive to be used between computer systems utilizing different interfaces, optional USB and FireWire interfaces and cables will be available in late May.
The Iomega External Hard Drive is expected to be available in May 2002. Configurations include the Iomega 40GB USB External Hard Drive with a suggested list price of $199; the Iomega 80GB USB External Hard Drive, $299; and the Iomega 120GB USB External Hard Drive, $349. FireWire configurations of the Iomega 80GB External Hard Drive and the 120GB External Hard Drive will be available for $329 and $379, respectively. Optional USB and FireWire interfaces and cables will be available in June.