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Iomega Unveils 1TB Desktop, 120GB Portable Solutions

Iomega Corporation today announced new versions of two of its storage products: the high-end Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive with expanded capacity of 1TB, 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 popular UltraMax Desktop Hard Drives deliver secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure. Drives support RAID 1 and feature built-in FireWire and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hubs.

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). For ease of use, the new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive has a manual RAID switch, allowing the user to turn off the RAID configuration and use the drive configured as JBOD.

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 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.

The second novelty, the Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive 120 GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire, measures 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) and weighs 5.8 oz (163 g). It is positioned as a companion for your Mac notebook, including host-powered operation and Drop Shock technology. The drive's 2.5-inch hard drive delivers 5400 RPM performance and comes with both FireWire 400 (1394a) and USB 2.0 cables.

Other features include the use of 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 Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive 1TB Triple Interface is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or above on Apple computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher. The UltraMax Drive can be reformatted to NTFS or FAT32 for use with a PC (instructions included), making it compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP Home and XP Professional editions, as well as the upcoming Windows Vista. FAT32 format allows cross-platform use.

The Iomega Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, as well as Windows 2000 Professional/XP Home/XP Professional and the upcoming Windows Vista.

The Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive 1 TB FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 with Hub is available now for $499.95. The Iomega Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is available for $189.95 (All Pricing is U.S. suggested retail). Both products are currently available worldwide.

Source: Iomega Corporation

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