Toshiba Launches Postcard-Size HDD with Backup, Encryption

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-06-23 Print this article Print

The next generation of Japanese company's USB 2.0 portable hard drives feature 320GB and 500GB capacities, system backup, password-protected encryption for added security and enhanced software features. They're good for both Macs and PCs.

With companies such as Seagate, Synology, Cisco Systems, Rebit, FalconStor, Iomega and several others elbowing each other in the desktop personal storage market with inexpensive yet capacious machines, it seems as if there is little room for another competitor.

No worries. Turns out there's plenty of room for everybody. All these things are selling like lemonade on a hot day.

Hard disk drive maker Toshiba Storage Device Division June 23 introduced the next generation of its USB 2.0 portable hard drives, which feature 320GB and 500GB capacities, system backup, password-protected encryption for added security and enhanced software features.

The small and light personal storage products are designed for portability, weighing only six ounces and sporting a footprint the size of a post card. The portable drives also feature an internal shock sensor and software optimized for both Windows and Mac operating systems, the company said.

Toshiba claims to be the first storage manufacturer to include NTI BackupNow EZ software for Windows, which allows users to back up their system with a single click. NTI BackupNow EZ enables the user to restore the complete system -- even if Windows is unable to start, a company spokesperson said.

In addition, the software will scan a user's system and provide personalized recommendations on the best coverage for files, folders and the entire computer, the spokesperson said.

For Mac users, Toshiba's new backup drives come bundled with NTI Shadow 4 for Mac, enabling users to easily identify files and folders to back up and select a convenient schedule for storage. Toshiba's external hard drives also are compatible out of the box with Apple's Time Machine.

On both the Windows and Mac software platforms, Toshiba has added a password-protected security option with up to 256-bit encryption to answer the growing need for data protection. A new Drive Space Alert feature monitors the backup hard drive's capacity and signals users when storage capacity is running low, the spokesperson said.

Both models are available now. The 500GB drive is priced at $149.99, and the 320GB version is priced at $119.99. For more information, go here.

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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