- By John Breeden II
- Sep 03, 2004
J. Adam Fenster
The USB 2.0 standard is helping to revolutionize a lot of computing processes, and portable storage is probably the area getting the most benefit. Why? Consider that a large file that takes 10 minutes or longer to transfer using a USB 1.1 connection takes less than a minute with USB 2.0, and you can see what I mean.
The Rev Drive from Iomega is a simple product that takes advantage of USB 2.0's higher speeds to tackle a longstanding problem in the computer world: data backup.
In the recent past, tape drives handled this task. But with USB 2.0, that might become a thing of the past, especially for single users.
The Rev drive makes it easy: Plug it in, and a few seconds later it's good to go.
The drive is basically an external floppy disk with a huge capacity. It sits neatly above or beside a system. The cartridges it uses will hold 35G and are not much bigger than a Zip drive. If you compress the data, you can get 90G onto one drive.
And because it is USB 2.0, the transfer rates are extremely fast. If you want to back up a file, all you need to do is drag and drop it onto the drive as if you were transferring between hard drives. If you need that file again, you can access it instantly without waiting for a tape to get to speed or move to find the data.
At a push of a button, the cartridge pops out and you can whisk your data away.
Because of the instant access and high capacity, you could theoretically use the Rev drive to share or transfer data between systems'though the user on the other end would need a Rev drive as well.
But because of the quick install and the small size, you could also travel with the entire unit and just plug it in at your destination to have access to all your files on a different machine.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.