Iomega has announced two lines of new external hard drives for Mac users and others that value high capacity drives with a variety of functionalities – the Iomega UltraMax 640Gb Desktop Hard Drive and the small form factor Portable Hard Drive, available in 80Gb and 120Gb capacities. 

With RAID 0 and a built-in Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hub for future expansion, Iomega’s new UltraMax drive helps users excel in digital content creation, graphic design, and other disk-intensive tasks.
“Delivering dependable storage products for imaginative Mac users is always exciting, and 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,” says Bobby Kennedy, account manager for Iomega in South Africa.
“Large file transfers put a premium on data throughput,” he adds. “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 pre-formatted 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,” Kennedy says.
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.
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.
Iomega’s new dual interface Portable Hard Drive features a sleek metallic industrial design that is fashionably thin at just 0.5 inches (12.7 mm), weighs less than 6 ounces, and fits easily into a shirt pocket.
Both the 80Gb and the 120Gb models come complete with Iomega’s durable Drop Shock technology to help protect the drive and data from damage due to unexpected shocks.
In addition, for the ultimate in portability, both drives also feature USB-powered operation, which eliminates the need to carry a separate external power supply. Just plug the Iomega Portable Hard Drive into the USB or FireWire port and use it like any other external drive.
The new Iomega dual interface Portable Hard Drive (both capacities) utilises a 2.5-inch hard drive that delivers fast 5400 RPM performance. Each drive comes complete with FireWire 400 (1394a) and USB 2.0 cables, a quick start guide and the Iomega Solutions CD. They are compatible with Windows 2000 Professional/XP Home/XP Professional and with Mac OS X 10.1 or higher.
For secure storage and worry-free backup and disaster recovery, Iomega also includes EMC Retrospect Express software with the new UltraMax drives.