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Iomega Debuts eGo Portable Hard Drive

In June, Iomega plans to release a "BlackBelt" version that comes with a black power grip belt and is built to withstand drops of up to 7 feet.

Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive
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Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive

Iomega on Monday introduced a portable hard drive that comes bundled with data protection software and starts at $85.

The eGo is a USB 2.0-powered drive that's stylishly designed and is available in several colors, such as ruby red, midnight blue, and silver. The device is available in 250-GB, 320-GB, and 500-GB capacities for Macs and Windows PCs.

The latest device replaces Iomega's previous portable drive released two years ago. The latest version comes bundled with the company's backup software and McAfee's antivirus technology. McAfee's antivirus subscription service is available at no additional charge for the first six months.

The drive's anodized aluminum shell is a half-inch thick. The device weighs less than 7 ounces and has been tested to withstand a fall from as high as 51 inches. The eGo ships with a "Y" cable that gives users the option of using two USB ports to power the device, if needed.

Pricing for eGo ranges from $85 for 250 GB to $135 for 500 GB. In June, Iomega plans to release a "BlackBelt" version that comes with a black power grip belt and is built to withstand drops of up to 7 feet. The drive will be priced at $140 for 500 GB.

Iomega's portable drives include access to the Mozy online backup service owned by EMC, which bought Iomega last year for $213 million. EMC, which is an enterprise storage vendor, bought Iomega for products that could help EMC sell to consumers and small businesses.

Last month, Iomega introduced a rack-mount network-attached storage server for small businesses. The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r is powered by EMC's LifeLine operating system and provides up to 4 TB of storage. The four-drive server, which starts at $1,800, is billed as an entry-level system.

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