Olixir Technologies shock-protected Mobile DataVault 3DX hard drive works well as a mobile backup device and can handle some minor travel bumps. The Mobile DataVault 3DXs impact-resistant case can withstand short drops (up to 18 inches).
Customers can purchase the Mobile DataVault 3DX with USB 2.0 or FireWire connectivity. The Mobile DataVault 3DX has a starting price of $249 for an 80GB drive, and prices range up to $569 for a 250GB version.
The Mobile DataVault 3DX has an external connector to hook to either FireWire or USB 2.0, but we would have preferred that the company have both of these interfaces built into the case. This would have allowed us to connect to either port on the fly without changing the adapter and given us one less thing to drag around on the road.
Dantz Developments Retrospect Express Backup software (versions are available for Macs and PCs) is bundled with the Mobile DataVault 3DX, giving users everything they need to start backing up data.
Installation of the drive and the software was fairly simple in my tests, and backup and restore jobs were quick and easy using the Retrospect Express software.
The Mobile DataVault 3DX is available now, and more information can be found at www.olixir.com.