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Iomega debuts 500GB home network drive

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Mon August 27, 2007

Iomega shared storage

Iomega has introduced a new line of home network hard drives that use 10/100 Ethernet do deliver media and other files to desktops, portables and other drive-accessing systems throughout a home or small business. The new drives are available in 320GB, 360GB and 500GB capacities, featuring 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives with 8MB cache. The drives aren't quite plug-and-play, however, requiring use of a "Discovery Tool Home utility" for Windows on each PC and a manual setup process for Macs and Linux-based systems. All three models include a USB 2.0 port for use with a single computer. Also bundled are two client licenses of EMC Retrospect HD backup software, allowing users to set up automated backup schedules or perform immediate backups; create progressive backups that capture only the changes from the previous backup; restore a file to any previous backed-up point in time; compress backups; and more.

The drives are compatible with Windows 2000 Professional; XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64; Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate; Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher; and Linux distributions including Redhat 9, Mandrake 10, Debian 3.0, Gentoo, and FedoraCore 3. Operation requires an available 10/100 Ethernet port; a network hub, switch or router is recommended. A DHCP configured network is recommended.

The 320GB drive is priced at $150, and the 500GB drive at $200. Both of these configurations are available immediately. The 360GB drive is expected to be available in late September and, strangely, also carries a $150 price tag





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  1. mr100percent

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    Time Machine

    Will it work with Time Machine network backups?

  1. hayesk

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    No gigabit?

    I'm surprised that this only does 10/100 ethernet. I guess they want to differentiate it from their pro line, but seriously, Gigabit ethernet costs them almost nothing and would make it much more useful.

  1. testudo

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    gigabit, TM

    Maybe they saw apple releasing their latest Airport Base stations with only 10/100, and thought everyone was doing it.

    Unknown whether it will work with time machine. Then again, I didn't realize time machine worked over a network. It may partly depend on the underlying file system used on the device (it doesn't say what its formatted in, nor what OS it uses, but probably a Linux variation for both).

    And I thought Retrospect no longer made backup software for the Mac, so does it include the old, downtrodden software for OS X, or just the windows software? (Not that a free retrospect is very useful, the Express versions I used to use were completely a hassle if you wanted to do anything but backup an entire drive).

  1. hayesk

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    Re: gigabit, tm

    Testudo, the Airport base station has gigabit ethernet. Perhaps you are thinking of the AppleTV?

    And yes, retrospect is still being made for MacOS X.

  1. testudo

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    Re: i like it

    Personally, I'd like to read a lot more about how functional (and durable) such a system might be.

    What system? The one drawn, or the one Apple 'might' be working on? Speculation on such stuff is just a waste of a lot of hot air, since there's no idea what the system would include, not include, what materials it would be made out of, etc.

  1. testudo

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    Re: gigabit, tm

    Testudo, the Airport base station has gigabit ethernet. Perhaps you are thinking of the AppleTV?

    Nope. The original version of the "AirPort Extreme 802.11n" came with only a 100 base-t. Apple changed it in the last couple of weeks (look at the original reviews, you'll see it was mentioned as a big flaw).

    And electronista's posting bug really is annoying....

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