Iomega Announces 160GB External Hard Drive

Reprinted from an Iomega press release:

Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage, today announced that its new Iomega HDD 160GB USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive is now shipping. Designed for the desktop with fast 7200 RPM performance and “touch-free” backup software, the new external HDD 160GB* Desktop Hard Drive gives users a simple and complete solution for managing music, photos, video and other data files.

Iomega will be showing the new Iomega HDD 160GB USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive at next week’s CeBIT America tradeshow in New York City, May 25-27, 2004.

“Digital photography, downloadable music, and digital video camcorders, as well as an endless variety of data files, continue to create increased demand for desktop storage,” said Jennifer Burl, senior product manager, Iomega Corporation. “The new HDD 160GB Desktop Hard Drive not only gives users what they want–more space–but also what they need–more security. Automatic backup of all their important files is the safety net that can protect them from data disasters.”

Touch-Free Backups
Iomega’s latest external USB 2.0 drive comes in a slim new enclosure (7.25 x 4.5 x 1.25 inches) and includes a full version of the award-winning Iomega Automatic Backup software for advanced real-time backup. With Iomega Automatic Backup software, backups are automatic and “touch-free”–users do not have to count on remembering to push a button or run a program. They simply select the files and folders to protect, set the backup schedule, and let Iomega Automatic Backup software do the rest. And restoring data is easy–just drag and drop.

Iomega Automatic Backup software includes these advanced features:

  • Enables touch-free backups whenever a file changes
  • Allows personalized backup schedules
  • Supports multiple backup locations
  • Saves multiple file revisions (user selectable)
  • Supports DVD, CD, hard drives, network drives, and solid-state memory cards
  • Caches backup data when backup media is unavailable
  • Simplifies file restoration with drag and drop convenience

    Also included is a full version of Symantec Norton Ghost disaster recovery software ($70 retail value), which creates a comprehensive disk image of the hard drive. If the system crashes, or gets a virus, or the drive ever needs to be replaced, the user can easily restore all software and settings from the disk image, without the need to reinstall the operating system or individual programs.

    Key Hardware Features

  • Fast 7200 RPM drive
  • USB 2.0 interface (compatible with USB 1.1)
  • 25 MB/sec. transfer rate (USB 2.0)
  • 9 ms. average seek time
  • Hot plug & play (can connect to a running computer)

    Availability and Requirements
    The Iomega HDD 160GB Desktop Drive is shipping now for availability at retail, catalog, and online at, for $199.95 (U.S. suggested retail). Iomega Automatic Backup software is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or above and Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, Me and XP. Symantec Norton Ghost is compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP.

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