Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive – rugged portable storage up to 500GB

Iomega today announced the worldwide availability of a new generation of the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, featuring new look USB 2.0-powered models with superior ruggedness and the broadest suite of bundled data protection software in the industry, all backed with a three-year limited warranty. Available in four different colours and up to 500GB in capacity, the new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is the ultimate embodiment of style and function in portable drives today.

A key element of the Iomega Protection Suite is McAfee VirusScan Plus, the market-leading anti-virus, anti-spyware software.

“In today’s world of increasing attacks on consumers’ data by the bad guys, it’s as important to protect your external hard drive data as it is to protect your PC’s local data,” said Todd Gebhart, President, Consumer Products, McAfee, Inc. “Iomega is the first to recognise this fact and we’re pleased to be partnering with them in this fight.”

The new USB 2.0-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive comes in variety of colours and capacities: the bright Ruby Red model is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities; the sparkling Silver model comes in 320GB; and the deep Midnight Blue model is available in 320GB. (Color and capacity combinations vary in international markets.)

Inside an anodised aluminum shell little more than 16 mm thick and weighing less than 200 grams is a state-of-the-art 63.5 mm portable hard drive. Iomega’s Drop Guard protects data on the new eGo drive from drops of up to 1.29 metres, or 40% above the industry average! The new 500GB Iomega eGo BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0, available in June, comes complete with a black eGo Power Grip Belt and Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme, which provides unparalleled protection for the drive from drops of up to 2.13 metres – over twice the industry average!

All of the new USB 2.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives receive power from a laptop or computer’s USB port so there’s no power supply to carry around. And unlike other portable hard drives, the new USB 2.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives ship with a “Y” cable which gives users the flexibility to use two USB ports to power the drive, if needed. With up to 500GB of capacity, the new eGo drive can store up to 2,000,000 photos, over 9,250 hours of music or 750 hours of video.

Iomega Protection Suite

Bundled free of charge with the new USB-powered eGo Portable Hard Drives is the new Iomega Protection Suite, a one-stop portfolio of backup and anti-virus software giving users added protection for their photos, videos, music and other files.

The Iomega Protection Suite includes:

  • McAfee VirusScan Plus: a free six-month subscription to this market-leading software that protects your PC with anti-virus, anti-spyware, 2-way firewall, and web security protection (PC only).
  • Iomega QuikProtect: backup software for simple scheduled file-level backup of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
  • EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD: backup all data plus applications and settings (for Windows and Macintosh desktops and notebooks).
  • MozyHome Online Backup: Convenient online backup service with 2GB of online capacity for free (unlimited online storage for $4.95/month). MozyHome Online service allows users to restore their most important data from any computer with internet access, at any location in the world.

All of the software elements in the Iomega Protection Suite are accessible via easy download to new eGo Portable Hard Drive owners.


The new Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 models are compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.4 or above. MozyHome software is available for Windows XP and Windows Vista, along with Mac OS X 10.4 and above. EMC Retrospect software is available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.


Available for purchase at are two new accessories for the new USB-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive: a durable black carry case, and the Iomega Power Grip Belt (like the one on the eGo BlackBelt Drive), available in black and translucent colors.

Pricing, availability and warranty

The Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 family of drives are available today, except for the new Iomega BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive 500GB USB 2.0, which will be available in June.

Pricing starts at $120 for the 320GB Ruby Red eGo model.All of the new USB-powered eGo models include a 3-year limited warranty.