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Iomega Mini Drive

Quick look: USB hard drive for the PC

Wouldn't it be great if the next time you have to move 100M of data you didn't have to tie up the network transferring files, or waste a 680M CD?

Iomega Corp. of San Diego is well known for Zip drives and CD-RWs, but the company recently started manufacturing Universal Serial Bus hard drives small enough to fit on a key chain.

The Iomega Mini Drives, as they're called, measure a mere 7-by-5-by-2 inches and weigh 0.6 ounces but can carry up to 256M of data with transfer rates of up to 1 megabyte/sec.

The drives come bundled with software in the device that attaches a type of folder on your desktop representing the Mini Drive in a USB port. This Mini Drive folder facilitates data transfers by letting users drag and drop files on the drive.

Online at, users can download additional software that encrypts a desired portion of the drive and password-protects the data.

The Mini Drive is autodetected, without driver installation, by every operating system except Microsoft Windows 98, and is fully compatible without driver installation on computers operating Mac OS 9 or higher and Linux 2.4.1 and higher.

The Mini Drive carries a lot of data and is as simple to use as it is small in size and easy to carry.

Price: $159

Phone: 858-795-7000


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