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Iomega Reveals USB 3.0 External SSD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Iomega's rugged external SSD will ship next month.

Friday Iomega Corporation revealed a 1.8-inch external solid state disk boasting USB 3.0 connectivity. Encased in a rugged, metal enclosure, the drive will come packed with 256-bit hardware encryption, Iomega's Protection Suite (which includes anti-virus and backup software), and three storage capacities--64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.

"Utilizing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the Iomega External SSD Flash Drive boasts up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives," the company claims. "Iomega's new external SSD Drive also performs twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drives utilizing the same USB 3.0 interface."

Iomega is also aware that not every PC features native USB 3.0 support--manufacturers are just now rolling out motherboards and complete laptops and desktops that provide USB 3.0 ports. With that in mind, the company is offering an additional USB 3.0 adapter card--sold separately--that inserts into the USB 2.0 port in a desktop or laptop, enabling native transfer speeds of up to 5 Gb per second.

The new Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 is scheduled to ship worldwide in November, costing $229 for the 64 GB model, $399 for the 128 GB model, and a meaty $749 for the 256 GB model. The drives will be available from distributors, system integrators, e-tailers and through Iomega's online store.

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    mrubermonkey , October 16, 2010 12:26 AM
    Finally, a rugged SSD.
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    harth13 , October 16, 2010 12:34 AM
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    applegetsmelaid , October 16, 2010 1:05 AM
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    aevm , October 16, 2010 1:30 AM
    A card that inserts into the USB 2.0 port and gives you a full-speed USB 3.0 port at the other end??? Sounds unlikely, but it would be cool if true. I would love to hear more about this part, maybe see a link.

    Anyway, there are $40 cards you insert in PCI-E x1 ports to get two USB 3.0 ports.
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    ansemx324 , October 16, 2010 1:38 AM
    why would you honestly need solid state drive speeds for an external drive that small? SSD's are really only worth the money right now if you're using it as a boot drive and taking advantage of the performance...moving whatever data to an external drive that costs 5x more than anything else isnt' worth it, especially when esata does comparable speeds
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    Thunderfox , October 16, 2010 2:30 AM
    Iomega is still around? What have they been doing since Zip drives died out a decade ago?
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    TeKEffect , October 16, 2010 2:32 AM
    damn sounded really good until I read the $750 price tag
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    dEAne , October 16, 2010 7:01 AM
    wow but still the price is not impressive.
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    Scanlia , October 16, 2010 10:12 AM
    aevmA card that inserts into the USB 2.0 port and gives you a full-speed USB 3.0 port at the other end??? Sounds unlikely, but it would be cool if true.

    That's great idea! You could have a USB 3.0 adapter that plugs into 2 USB 2.0 ports, or maybe even 3... I'd buy it anyway...
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    soundping , October 16, 2010 10:53 AM
    Just wait it will get better.
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    theoutbound , October 16, 2010 2:52 PM
    Steep price, but it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully we will get some larger capacities and prices will drop soon.
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2010 5:46 PM
    Two comments:
    1 - Not interested until the price for SSDs is more like $1 per GByte.

    2 - I hope IOmega is a different company than the one from years ago. The Biomedical company I work for now got burned badly, years ago, when IOmega removable drives were destroying themselves and the data. What a mess that was.
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    Anonymous , November 5, 2010 10:16 AM
    In reply to why you would need this: virtual machines baby! Virtual Machines!!