Iomega Rev removable drive stores up to 90G

Agencies running Microsoft Windows server operating systems can back up as much as 90G of compressed data on the new Iomega Rev 35G removable hard drive.

'In a survey we did recently, only half of offices with 10 or fewer employees said they backed up their servers,' said Bob Lutz, product manager for emerging technologies at Iomega Corp. of San Diego. 'Larger offices mostly used CD-ROM or DVD backup or tape.'

Iomega is hoping the large capacity of the Rev, priced from $379 for internal IDE or ATAPI versions to $399 for an external USB 2.0 unit, will appeal to administrators who dislike tape's retrieval intricacies'or users who carry around huge databases and engineering drawings in their shirt pockets.

One disk cartridge is included with each drive, and extra disks cost about $50. Each removable cartridge contains its own motor, leaving the drive electronics in the Rev case.

The Rev comes with Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software for backup and compression plus Norton Ghost disaster recovery software from Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. Lutz said the drive is compatible with other backup applications such as Veritas Backup Exec from Veritas Software Corp. of Mountain View, Calif., Computer Associates International Inc.'s ArcServe and others.

The new drive works only with Windows XP and Win 2003 and 2000 server OSes. Lutz said a Linux version is forthcoming, as are models for FireWire, SCSI and serial ATA connections. The maximum sustained transfer rate is about 25M per second, he said.

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