Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

Summary: Iomega has introduced a new petite and portable storage solution: the External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive.

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Iomega has introduced a new petite and portable storage solution: the External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive.

Being 1.8-inches thick, these should fit comfortably in a large pocket and certainly almost any bag you want to tote around. And with that brushed-aluminum, metal enclosure, this USB 3.0 SSD can certainly take some trips - say drops up to 10 feet. No external power cords are required, and the new Iomega SSD drives backward compatible for USB 2.0.

Speaking of speed, Iomega's new SSD flash drive boasts speeds up to 10 times those used via USB 2.0, and Iomega asserts that these drives will act twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive operating with the same USB 3.0 interface.

Naturally, with something so small, it could get lost easily. Thus, there is security in the form of 256-bit hardware encryption plus bundled anti-virus and backup software.

Available in early November, the Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 will be churned out in three capacities: 64GB for $229.00, 128GB for $399.00, and 256GB for $749.00. Each one comes with a 3-year warranty.

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  • software

    Is the included software something I can just delete? Or does it come up as a separate drive, like the WD Passport drives are doing? I used to love the Passport drives, but now they're very frustrating BECAUSE of the way they don't let you remove the utilities.

    gary
    gdstark13
    • RE: Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

      @gdstark13
      Exactly.
      In buying an external hard drive I had to research first to find one that does not have permanant software in it.
      Same with thumb drives.
      MoeFugger
      • RE: Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

        @MoeFugger
        Actualy, most drives that have 'semi-permanent' software also have a way to remove the software, like all Western Digital drives.
        Lerianis10
      • RE: Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

        @Lerianis10

        That's not true...you CANNOT remove the utilities embedded into the firmware of some WD Passport drives. Best you can do is ask the OS to ignore it, but it just reappears again if you replug it in (which of course you do with portable drives). And of course the utilities show up again when you plug the drive into any other computer. With the WD drives I found that their less expensive "Elements" drives do not have the embedded utilities, so I've been purchasing them instead.

        So my question still stands...c'mon Rachel...please clarify.

        gary
        gdstark13
  • dfdzxf

    yes i know is goods
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  • RE: Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

    waves @ Andrew Nusca & Rachel King , Iomega was a joke in the old days an is a joke now! 256GB for $749.00 ? To much , I have 2TB storage WD so Whats that = like 6 grand ?
    cybursoft
    • RE: Iomega intros pocket-sized USB 3.0 external solid state drives

      @cybursoft

      That is quite expensive for sure, but SSD memory does offer the benefit that if its used somewhere with a lot of turbulence or chance of being being dropped that this wouldn't risk data corruption of damage to the drive in the same way as the traditional ones. That is where the extra price comes in.
      lazerousz