Iomega has announced the Iomega eGo Helium portable hard drive USB
2.0 320GB, which is designed specifically to match the style and
incremental storage needs of Apple’s MacBook Air notebook.
On display this week at the Apple Expo tradeshow in Paris, the new
eGo Helium portable drive brings the MacBook Air notebook’s aesthetic
to Iomega’s eGo portable hard drive. In addition to the drive’s
portable storage, the eGo Helium also harnesses the benefits of cloud
computing with Mozy online backup service, according to Peter
Wharton, vice president of marketing, Iomega.
The tapered 320GB eGo Helium portable hard drive echoes the lines of
the MacBook Air, enclosing a 2.5-inch portable hard drive in an
anodized aluminum shell to create a package that is 0.63 inches thick
and weighs seven ounces. Formatted with Apple’s HFS+ file system, the
320GB hard drive sports Iomega’s Drop Guard design feature that
protects the drive from drops of up to 51 inchesonto industrial
The eGo Helium receives power from the USB port so there’s no power
supply to carry around. It offers space for up to 1,280,000 photos,
over 5,920 hours of music or 480 hours of video. Iomega offers two
Mac OS X backup software applications with the eGo Helium portable
hard drive as free downloads for added data safety: EMC Retrospect
Express for Macintosh 6.1 software, and MozyHome online backup
software (2GB free; unlimited online storage for US$4.95 per month).
Retrospect Express protects a single Mac desktop or notebook computer
by backing up to internal and external hard drives, NAS devices,
CD/DVDs and removable drives such as Iomega’s REV Backup Drive.
MozyHome online backup service provides online storage for backing up
selected folders or files to world-class EMC data centers.
The Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 320GB is compatible
with Mac OS X 10.1.5 or above. It will be available worldwide in
October for $149.99 from online retailers, VARs, resellers and select
retailers, as well as at the Iomega web site (http://www.iomega.com)