Feeds

Iomega's flashy SSD clones your PC

USB drive shifts from stick to 'slab'

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Iomega has a line of pocket-sized external flash storage devices using a USB 3.0 interconnect. Should we call them USB slab drives? "Stick" seems a little too small.

The External SSD Flash Drive has a 1.8-inch form factor and comes in 64, 128 and 256GB capacities, all with built-in 256-bit encryption. We don't know if it is single- or mult-level cell flash inside but assume its multi-level and probably 2-bit.

Iomega SSD FLash Drive

You get what's called a sleek metal case for your money - and you'll need a fair bit of that. Also included is bundled-in backup (Roxio Retrospect) and anti-virus software plus a three-year warranty.

There is also v.Clone software. Iomega says this captures a complete virtual image of your PC, including the operating system, applications, settings, and all files, and writes it to the flash drive. You can access the cloned copy and use it seamlessly on another computer, as if you are working from your own PC. When you reconnect, it will automatically sync your data to the primary PC, meaning files are always up to date. The MozyHome cloud backup service is also included.

There are no actual transfer speed numbers, but Iomega says that the USB 3.0 interface is up to 10 times faster than USB 2. It should surely be a whole lot quicker. The company says it is twice as fast as a USB 3.0-connected 7200 RPM hard disk drive.

Iomega's SSD FLash Drive will be available in November, with suggested retail pricing in the US of $229.00 for the 64GB product, $399.00 for the 128GB one, and $749.00 for the $256GB one. Ouch. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.