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Iomega's 1TB Hard Drive XL. Courtesy of Iomega, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Iomega: Terabyte storage device unveiled
(Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 09:47 EST)

A press release from Iomega Corp. yesterday announced its new "Desktop Hard Drive XL", a hard disk-based storage device offering one terabyte capacity and multiple high-speed connectivity options.

The Hard Drive XL measures 6.4" x 8.0" x 12.5", and includes four 7200rpm 250GB SATA hard disk drives with 8MB cache, for a total of one terabyte of storage. The device supports RAID 0, which offers high speed and lets your operating system see the separate drives as a single entity, but doesn't provide any redundancy to ensure data isn't lost in a drive failure (and doesn't allow hot swapping of drives). From the press release, it isn't clear if other RAID standards are supported.

Connectivity is via USB 2.0 High-Speed (backwards compatible with USB 1.1), as well as two FireWire 800 ports (backwards compatible with FireWire 400). The drive ships with both Dantz Retrospect Express and Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software, and is available immediately priced at $899.95.

Original Source Press Release:

New Iomega Desktop Hard Drive XL Series Offers Massive Capacity For Your Digital Photos, Music, Video, Work Files and Other Data Intensive Projects

Triple-Interface, One-Terabyte External Drive Delivers Powerful, High-Performance Storage Solution for Today's Small Business and Digital Home

SAN DIEGO, November 28, 2005- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage celebrating 25 years of business, today announced the Iomega® Desktop Hard Drive XL Series, a compact four-drive enclosure with 1 terabyte (TB) of capacity*. Designed for creative services professionals and others who require the fastest editing speeds possible in today's small office and tech-savvy home office, the Iomega XL Series 1TB drive delivers advanced capacity and performance and includes Dantz® Retrospect™ Express software for a complete data backup and disaster recovery solution.

"Projects like video editing push the limits of today's storage drives, particularly as the market shifts towards high-definition video, so Iomega created the XL Series to erase the bottleneck that a single drive represents in terms of power and performance," said Lee Williams, Vice President, Product Generation, Iomega Corporation. "Whether it's editing and managing digital video, photographs, music or work files, the Iomega XL Series hard drive takes advantage of today's fastest interfaces and most advanced storage technologies to deliver a uniquely powerful device for the next generation of applications."

Users of the new 1TB Iomega Desktop Hard Drive XL Series can store up to 18,500 hours of music, 4,000,000 photos, or 1,500 hours of video** on a single Iomega XL series device.

The new Iomega XL Series drive connects to the host PC through one of its three built-in interfaces: FireWire® 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 (backwards compatible with USB 1.1). Measuring a svelte 6.42" x 7.99" x 12.52" (W x H x L), the attractive XL Series enclosure takes up little space on the desktop, yet packs incredible power:

  • Four 250GB* SATA drives, each running at 7200 RPM with 8MB cache for high performance;
  • Configurable as RAID 0 (striped) for maximum throughput.
"Not everyone needs a terabyte of storage, but an increasing number of today's digital home computer users and small businesses have put together small networks that are literally running out of space to back up their daily files or work on data-intensive projects," said Williams. "The XL Series drive gives them an ocean of available space for projects and day-to-day backup, and it also gives them easy disaster recovery through full disk imaging."

Users who want the maximum performance possible can configure the XL series drive for data striping across four high-capacity SATA disks (RAID 0), providing virtually instant access to data. The new drive also features two pass through FireWire 800 ports and a USB 2.0 expansion port, giving users the flexibility of attaching an additional USB 2.0 hard drive or other peripheral.

Included Software
The new Iomega XL Series drive ships with Dantz Retrospect Express software for data backup and disaster recovery. After an easy setup process, Retrospect Express software offers the choice of incremental backups with multiple revisions, comprehensive backups, and full disk imaging with multiple restore points for quick disaster recovery.

For Windows users, Iomega includes Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software for professional-level backup and disaster recovery for critical data. IAB Pro software effortlessly backs up files on a scheduled or continuous basis. It also gives users professional-level disaster recovery from within Windows, eliminating the need to boot to DOS. Data security is further enhanced with IAB Pro software's AES file encryption, its ability to back up multiple file revisions, and its easy configuration of scheduled backups if preferred. And with 2.6:1 file compression***, IAB Pro can make each megabyte of storage capacity go further.

The Iomega® Desktop Hard Drive XL Series is compatible with Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional. It is also compatible with Mac OS 10.1 or higher on Mac G3 (blue and white G3 models only), Mac G4 or iMac with built-in USB or FireWire connection.

Price and Availability
The Iomega® Desktop Hard Drive XL Series is now available for $899.95 at www.iomega.com, other select online and Web retailers and through the distribution channel. (Price is U.S. suggested retail).

Iomega Offers A Full Line of HDD Solutions For Holiday Giving
With the addition of the new Iomega XL Series, Iomega now offers a complete portfolio of external hard drive solutions, including economical 80GB to 250GB USB 2.0 hard drives, flexible dual and triple interface hard drives from 160GB to 400GB in capacity, the innovative new Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive in 160GB and 250GB capacities, and convenient, portable small form factor hard drives that utilize 1-inch, 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch hard drives in capacities from 4GB to 120GB. For more information, please log on at www.iomega.com.

About Iomega
Iomega Corporation provides easy-to-use, high value storage solutions to help people protect, secure, capture and share their valuable digital information. Iomega's award-winning storage products include the new Iomega REV™ 35GB Drive, available in multiple interfaces, as well as the 10-cartridge, one-drive REV 1000 Autoloader; Zip® 100MB, 250MB and 750MB Drives; the new Iomega StorCenter™ Network Hard Drives, high-performance Iomega® External Hard Drives including the Iomega Micro Mini Hard Drive, and the Iomega ScreenPlay™ Multimedia Drive; Iomega Mini USB drives, Iomega Mini USB Drives, Micro Mini™ USB Drives, and the Iomega Mixx™ MP3 player; Iomega external CD-RW Drives; Iomega Super DVD Drives and the QuikTouch™ Video Burner; and Iomega Floppy USB-Powered Drives. Iomega simplifies data protection and sharing at home and in the workplace with Iomega Automatic Backup software, Iomega Sync software, HotBurn® CD-recording software, and Active Disk™ technology. For networks, Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS servers offer capacities of 160GB to 1.6TB. For unlimited capacity and anytime, anywhere access, Iomega offers iStorage™ secure online storage. Iomega also offers businesses and consumers a comprehensive data recovery services solution for recovering lost data due to hardware failure, file corruption or media damage. The Company can be reached at 1-888-4-IOMEGA (888-446-6342), or on the Web at www.iomega.com.

NOTE: The statements contained in this release regarding development, production and distribution of the Iomega Desktop Hard Drive XL Series, anticipated product pricing and availability, expected product performance and specifications, future applications for the new product and all other statements that are not purely historical, are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward looking statements are based upon information available to Iomega as of the date hereof, and Iomega disclaims any intention or obligation to update any such forward looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the successful completion of product development and testing, market acceptance of, and demand for, the Iomega product, any difficulties encountered in ramping up production or other manufacturing issues, including component availability and pricing, co-development, production, and distribution issues, product pricing and conformity to specifications, dependence upon third party suppliers, competition, intellectual property rights and other risks and uncertainties identified in the reports filed from time to time by Iomega with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Iomega's Annual Report on Form 10 K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

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* 1TB = 1,000GB; 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.

** 128Kbps MP3 audio (1.1 min/MB); highly compressed 3-megapixel JPG photos (4 photos/MB); DVD MPEG at 720x480 resolution (11MB/Min.)

*** 2.6:1 data compression assumes the use of "high" compression on Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software with highly compressible files such as typical office spreadsheets and documents. Capacity may vary and is data and software dependent.

Copyrightę 2005 Iomega Corporation. All rights reserved. Iomega, Zip, REV, Active Disk, Micro Mini, iStorage, HotBurn, QuikTouch, Mixx, StorCenter and ScreenPlay are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Iomega Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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