RDX QuikStor Hard Drive Solutions Challenge Tape Backup

Tandberg RDX QuikStor

The goal of Removable Disk Exchange (RDX) system technology is to offer the performance and benefits of a hard disk, with the convenient handling and reliability of a tape system. The Tandberg RDX QuikStor is a backup solution for small office / home office (SOHO) users.

At first glance, the disk drive media looks just like a tape, and can easily be mistaken for streamer hardware. You simply insert the media into the drive just like you would a tape; when you are done you eject the cartridge, and the media is pushed out of the drive by half an inch.

The RDX QuikStor drive comes either in a 3.5" or 5.25" internal bay for SATA connections (Serial ATA), and Tandberg plans to follow up with an external drive for USB interfaces. For our tests we got hold of a 5.25" internal drive and connected it to a SATA port. The drive acts as a removable device under Windows, so you can also use it with non-hot-pluggable SATA ports. When removing the media from the drive, the device does not disappear; it has the same characteristics as a tape drive in your operating system and backup software.