Iomega has launched two new portable harddrives with a focus on security. Iomega eGo Encrypt uses hardware-based encryption and physical protection, while the sibling eGo BlackBelt goes just for the physical protection with Drop Guard Xtreme. Iomega eGo Encrypt sports a capacity of 320GB and the data is protected from idle hands with 128-bit AES technology. Through a rubbed cover the harddrive is protected from bumps and drops, something eGo BlackBelt uses solely. With the same drop protection the 250GB BlackBelt model is the simpler but more affordable of the two.
Press release after the break;
Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today announced two new models in its award-winning eGo Portable Hard Drive line: the new ultra-secure Iomega® eGo™ Encrypt Portable Hard Drive with hardware-based encryption for double data protection, and the new “black-on-black” super rugged Iomega eGo BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive with Drop Guard™ Xtreme data protection.
“Adding two exciting models to our eGo Portable Hard Drive lineup is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to having the most rugged and stylistic portable drives in the marketplace today,” said Peter Wharton, vice president of marketing, Iomega Corporation. “The eGo Encrypt Drive is a ruggedized silver bullet with enterprise-level encryption for all your important files, while the eGo BlackBelt Drive is a shock-absorbing black beauty of a portable drive that makes its own fashion statement. Two perfect holiday gifts for anyone with lots of important files and a flair for the extraordinary.”
Take your most sensitive data anywhere with confidence thanks to the new hardware-based encryption built-into the new USB-powered Iomega eGo Encrypt Drive. This shiny silver 320GB* portable hard drive has all the style of the famous eGo product line with the security bonus of government-grade 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), perfect for storing critical business data or a fortune in music files, videos and images.
Full-disc hardware encryption and password protection means the new eGo Encrypt Drive’s hard drive and all the individual files on it are always protected. Encryption software is pre-loaded and an easy-to-use management utility is included with the drive. Simply connect the eGo Encrypt Drive to a laptop or desktop computer via a USB port and you can read and write data at USB 2.0 speeds. To keep data secure on the eGo Encrypt Drive, if the USB cable is disconnected from the laptop or desktop at any time, the drive automatically “locks” and requires the owner’s password for data access.
With 320GB of storage, the eGo Encrypt Drive can store more than 1.2 million photos, 5,980 hours of music, or 480 hours of video.**
In addition to encryption, the eGo Encrypt Drive boasts Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme data protection feature. With the translucent Iomega Power Grip band in place on the eGo Encrypt Drive, data is protected from accidental drops up to seven feet – over twice the industry average.
This ruggedized black beauty provides top-notch data protection in a cool black-on-black style that befits a secret agent or anyone else whose color scheme favors the dark of night. Its sleekly curved black chassis has the added protection of Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme feature, thanks to a matching black Iomega Power Grip band that protects data from accidental drops of up to seven feet (84 inches). Portable hard drives from other manufacturers can’t compete with this kind of ruggedized data protection.
The eGo BlackBelt Drive packs plenty of storage capacity with a 250GB 2.5-inch drive that is USB-powered for simple operation (no power supply required). The eGo BlackBelt Drive can carry up to 1,000,000 photos, over 4,625 hours of music or 375 hours of video.
The Iomega eGo Encrypt Drive and the Iomega eGo BlackBelt Drive both come complete with EMC® Retrospect® Express HD software for automatic and on-demand backups.
Additionally, users of these new eGo Portable Hard Drive models also get the benefits of online computing with EMC’s Mozy™ online backup service, which offers incredible value and security for securely storing, protecting and accessing important files. MozyHome online backup service provides 2GB of free online storage for backing up selected folders or files to world-class EMC data centers. (Users can also upgrade to unlimited online storage for just $4.95/month.)
The new Iomega® eGo™ Encrypt Portable Hard Drive 320GB USB 2.0 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista™. The new Iomega® eGo™ BlackBelt Portable 250GB USB 2.0 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and Windows Vista™, as well as Mac OS X 10.1 or above . MozyHome software is available for Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as Mac OS X 10.4 and above. EMC Retrospect software is available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
The new Iomega® eGo™ BlackBelt Portable 250GB USB 2.0 is now available worldwide for $119.99. The new Iomega® eGo™ Encrypt Portable Hard Drive 320GB USB 2.0 is expected to be available worldwide this month for $149.99. (Pricing is U.S. suggested retail.) In Europe, the new Iomega eGo BlackBelt Portable Hard Drive is now available for 99.90 EUR, while the new Iomega eGo Encrypt Portable Hard Drive is expected to be available later this month for 134.90 EUR.
To view Iomega’s entire line of eGo Portable Hard Drives, including single and dual interface models in multiple colors, as well as holiday gift favorites the eGo Camo Drive and the eGo Leather Drive, please go to www.iomega.com.