Iomega today announced the exciting new Iomega eGo Helium portable hard drive USB 2.0 320GB, a perfect match for the style and incremental storage needs of Apple’s revolutionary MacBook Air notebook.

The new eGo Helium portable drive brings the MacBook Air notebook’s aesthetic to Iomega’s wildly popular eGo portable hard drive. In addition to the drive’s portable storage, the eGo Helium also harnesses the benefits of cloud computing with Mozy online backup service, giving users incredible value and security for securely storing, protecting and accessing important files.

Hardware

The tapered 320GB eGo Helium portable hard drive echoes the stylish lines of the streamlined MacBook Air computer, enclosing a state-of-the-art 2.5-inch portable hard drive in an anodised aluminum shell to create a package that is a mere 16 mm thick (0.63 inches) and weighs only 200 grams (7 ounces). Formatted with Apple’s HFS+ file system, the 320GB hard drive sports Iomega’s Drop Guard design feature that protects the drive from drops of up to 1.3 meters (51 inches) on to industrial carpeting – 40 percent above the industry average for portable hard drives. The eGo Helium receives power from the USB port so there’s no power supply to carry around. And with space for up to 1,280,000 photos, over 5,920 hours of music or 480 hours of video, the 320GB eGo Helium drive gives new meaning to stylish portable storage.

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Software

Iomega offers two Mac OS X backup software applications with the eGo Helium portable hard drive as free downloads for added data safety: EMC Retrospect Express for Macintosh 6.1 software, and MozyHome online backup software. Retrospect Express protects a single Macintosh desktop or notebook computer by backing up to internal and external hard drives, NAS devices, CD/DVDs and removable drives such as Iomega’s REV Backup Drive. MozyHome online backup service provides online storage for backing up selected folders or files to world-class EMC data centres.

Computer users running the Windows XP or Vista operating systems can reformat the eGo Helium drive to NTFS for use with Windows only, or it can be formatted as Fat 32 for use with both Macs and Windows PCs. Customers running Windows XP or Vista can also download Retrospect Express HD 2.5 for Windows with MozyHome integration, which gives users the convenience of shared setup information and the ability to send backups to either nearline storage (an external hard drive or network drive) or online storage (the internet), or both.

Compatibility

The Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 320GB is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1.5 or above and with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. MozyHome software is available for Mac OS X 10.4 and above, along with Windows XP and Windows Vista. EMC Retrospect software is available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Price and availability

The Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 320GB is now available in Australia for $199 through Ingram Micro and Lan1.

Source: Iomega