Iomega is making waves in the mobile storage sector with the announcement of two portable Zip drives running at 100Mb and 250Mb.
The 250Mb version is USB powered, negating the need for a separate power cable and making it better suited towards mobile users. The 100Mb version, although needing a separate power cable, is still small enough to be considered portable.
The larger drive is hot-swappable on all machines except those operating NT 4, and can be connected and removed while the PC is still switched on. Weighing in at only nine ounces adds to the drive's portability. The USB connection allows the drive to be hooked up to all Windows machines, as well as Macs running MacOs 8.1 upwards and Linux boxes running Kernel 2.4 upwards.
Laptops not fitted with a USB port can still hook up to the drive with a PCMCIA card adapter. The drive has a 900Mbps transfer rate and comes bundled with IomegaWare 2.1 and QuikSync, an instant backup utility.
One of the main problems with adopting 250Mb Zip disk backup has been compatibility with the thousands of 100Mb Zip disks already on the market, but Iomega claims compatibility with over 240 million disks available worldwide.
The company has also launched a redesigned 100Mb version which is exactly the same as the larger in terms of functionality and usability, but needs a separate power cable. The drive comes bundled with only a 30-day trial version of QuikSync, although the installation software remains the same.
As more of an offering for larger businesses, Iomega has also announced the first in its line of 3.5-inch Magneto Optical (MO) technology drives. The first models are an internal ATAPI version and an external SCSI version.
The company is touting the drives as ideal for databases and file libraries because of their ability to read and write to removable 1.3Gb MO disks with data transfer rates of 5.9Mbps. The MO drives can also write to 640Mb, 540Mb, 230Mb and 128Mb disks, suiting them to smaller businesses as well.
MO disks are being championed by companies such as Iomega because of their ability to be written over many times without any degradation to the data contained.
The Zip drives are available now, with the 250Mb priced at £179.99 and the 100Mb at £99.99. The MO drive should be available by end of this month as an internal ATAPI drive at £285 or an external SCSI at £299.
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