Imation, Dell Ship First 500GB RDX Disk

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-06-02 Print this article Print

The half-terabyte package comprises the largest removable disk capacity yet for RDX systems.

Removable data storage maker Imation and PC maker Dell June 2 both launched the first 500GB native-capacity cartridge in their popular lines of RDX removable disk systems.

The RDX system is a low-end, tape-replacement data storage package designed to provide small and midsize businesses with easy-to-use and reliable backup, data security and expandable storage, a company spokesperson said.

The new 500GB cartridge is the largest available capacity for any RDX removable hard disk solution currently in use.

Imation and Dell compete in this market with Quantum's GoVault and similar products from ProStor, Tandberg and Iomega.

In fact, both Imation and Dell license the product from ProStor, the OEM.

Promises Backup in Seconds, Not Hours

Each RDX disk cartridge houses a high-capacity mobile 2.5-inch hard disk drive in a shock-resistant design to allow the cartridge to sustain a fall from up to one meter without damage. The cartridge is inserted into a dock, which can be connected internally through USB or Serial ATA, or externally with USB.

The fast transfer rate of up to 45MB per second reduces the typical data backup window from hours to seconds, allowing the user to back up 150GB of data in less than an hour, the spokesperson said.

Unlike tape, which winds sequentially to read data, RDX systems access files in milliseconds, enabling instant data retrieval. Users can choose RDX cartridge capacities ranging from 80GB to 500GB.

The RDX system also includes EMC Retrospect software with government-certified 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard encryption, the highest level of protection available.

Imation's RDX Removable Hard Disk Cartridge will be available in June for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $549.99.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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