updated 02:20 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009
New Toshiba USB drives
Toshiba on Tuesday announced the release of its updated Portable Hard Drives with new system backup functionality and password-protected encryption. The drives also now ship with pre-loaded software to make them compatible with either Windows or Mac systems. The drives are the first to include NTI's BackupNow EZ software, which not only allows users to backup their entire system with but also restore the complete system even if Windows doesn't start.
This software also scans a system and provides recommendations on the best coverage for files and folders. Mac users get NTI's Shadow 4 that lets them select which files or folders need to be backed up and set a schedule for the backups. The Toshiba drives are also instantly compatible with Apple's Time Machine for those who prefer the official Mac OS X route.
Both Windows and Mac Toshiba drives feature password-protected security with up to 256-bit encryption. There is also a new Drive Space Alert feature that lets users know when storage capacity is low.
The user interface is suitable for both beginners, with intuitive graphics and controls, while advanced users can custom-tailor their backups with settings that include frequency, level of security and types of files saved.
Available in 320GB and 500GB capacities as well as white, blue, green and red colors, the drives are the same size as before and weigh six ounces. The new 500GB Toshiba Portable Hard Drive is priced at $150, while the 320GB version is priced at $120.