Iomega Introduces Innovative External RAID Storage for Apple’s Mac OS X Computers (and PC Users, Too!)
Iomega UltraMax Drive Delivers Flexible High-End Performance for Creative Professionals
SAN DIEGO, September 7, 2006 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today announced the new Iomega® UltraMax 640GB* Desktop Hard Drive, providing Mac users with secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure that complements the Apple® Mac® Pro and Power Mac series of computers. With RAID 0 and a built-in Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hub for future expansion, Iomega’s UltraMax drive helps users excel in digital content creation, graphic design, and other disk-intensive tasks.
“The new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive is an amazing external hard drive with lots of capacity, flexible volume configurations, and useful USB 2.0 ports,” said Peter Wharton, Vice President of Marketing, Iomega Corporation. “Large file transfers put a premium on data throughput. The UltraMax drive uses the Mac HFS+ file system and RAID 0 for incredible power right out of the box, striping data across two hard drives for faster performance. The UltraMax is both functional and versatile - the kind of advanced storage solution our customers expect from Iomega.”
In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax’s two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include ’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, and that makes the UltraMax the no-compromise choice for Mac environments,” Wharton added.
PC users can reformat the Iomega UltraMax Drive to NTFS for use with Windows, or can set up cross-platform use with an included FAT32 format tool.
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.
For secure storage and worry-free backup and disaster recovery, Iomega also includes EMC® Retrospect® Express software with the new UltraMax drive. Retrospect Express delivers automated, reliable, cost-effective protection for Windows® and Mac® users. Its award-winning design makes it easy to set up and manage highly efficient backups on any PC, greatly simplifying disaster recovery. Users can back up open files, verify backup integrity during the backup, have scheduled backups proceed even without logging in, and recover individual files or a complete system to any point in time.
The UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is compatible with Mac® OS X 10.1 or above on Apple® computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher and a built-in USB or FireWire connection.
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. FAT32 format allows cross-platform use.
Price and Availability
The Iomega® UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is expected to be available later this month for $449.95 (U.S. suggested retail). More information about the Iomega® UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive will be available on Monday, Sept. 11, at www.iomega.com.
Iomega Corporation provides easy-to-use, high value storage solutions to help people protect, secure, capture and share their valuable digital information. Iomega’s award-winning storage products include the Iomega® REV® platform: the new Iomega REV 70GB Backup Drive, available in USB 2.0 and ATAPI computer interface models for server implementations; Iomega REV 35GB Drive, available in several computer interface models for desktop backup and archive applications: and two REV automation solutions: the rack mount REV 1000 Autoloader and new desktop form factor REV Loader 280, both utilizing the REV 35GB Backup Drive. Iomega also offers its Zip® 100MB, 250MB and 750MB drives; high-performance Iomega external hard drives and HDD solutions such as the new Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive and the Iomega StorCenter™ Network Hard Drive, available in mutliple capacity sizes, including a new 1TB wireless model; Iomega Mini USB Flash drives, Micro Mini™ USB Flash drives; Iomega external CD-RW Drives; Iomega Super DVD Drives and Iomega floppy USB-powered Drives. Iomega simplifies data sharing at home and in the workplace with HotBurn® CD-recording software. For small and medium business networks, Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS servers offer capacities of 160GB to 2TB. For unlimited capacity and anytime, anywhere access, Iomega offers iStorage™ secure online storage in various capacity amounts for personal and professional use. Iomega also offers businesses and consumers a comprehensive data recovery services solution for recovering lost data due to hardware failure, file corruption or media damage. Coming soon: Iomega managed security services for small and medium-sized businesses. The Company can be reached at 1-888-4-IOMEGA (888-446-6342), or on the Web at www.iomega.com. Resellers can visit Iomega at www.iomega.com/ipartner.
NOTE: The statements contained in this release regarding development, production and distribution of the Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive, anticipated product pricing and availability, expected product performance and specifications, future applications for the new product and all other statements that are not purely historical, are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward looking statements are based upon information available to Iomega as of the date hereof, and Iomega disclaims any intention or obligation to update any such forward looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the successful completion of product development and testing, market acceptance of, and demand for, the Iomega product, any difficulties encountered in ramping up production or other manufacturing issues, including component availability and pricing, co-development, production, and distribution issues, product pricing and conformity to specifications, dependence upon third party suppliers, competition, intellectual property rights and other risks and uncertainties identified in the reports filed from time to time by Iomega with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Iomega’s Annual Report on Form 10 K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
* 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
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