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Iomega Ships New Portable Mac Drives

120 GB external models to debut in May By Dave Nagel
Iomega has announced new portable and external hard drives for the Macintosh. The portable drives are available now. The external desktop models, available in capacities up to 120 GB, will be available in May.

The new portable drives are available in capacities of 20 GB and 30 GB and include switchable USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces. They offer transfer rates as high as 21 MB per second and are designed to withstand drops from as high as 50 inches. (See Iomega's site for specifics.)

The external desktop models will include 40 GB, 80 GB and 120 GB models. The models support USB 2.0 and FireWire specifications and are housed in a case similar to (but slightly larger than) the portable models.

The 20 GB portable model sells for $199 (USB 2.0) or $229 (FireWire). The 30 GB model sells for $259 (USB 2.0) or $349 (FireWire). The Iomega HDD External Hard Drive is expected to be available in May. Configurations include the Iomega HDD 40 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with a suggested list price of $199; the Iomega HDD 80 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, $299; and the Iomega HDD 120 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, $349. FireWire configurations of the Iomega HDD 80GB External Hard Drive and the Iomega HDD 120GB External Hard Drive will be available for $329 and $379, respectively. Optional USB and FireWire interface cables will be available in June. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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