Iomega’s hard disk drive range uses existing hard drive technology bundled into an easy-to-use, portable external case. The 120GB version is the top of the range and packs a standard 3.5in drive into a largish case (120x187x37mm). This makes it perhaps more suited to a permanent location rather than as a method of ferrying large files from one place to another.
The plug-and-play drive was automatically recognised by Windows XP and there was no need to install any software. There’s an external power supply (the drive can’t be powered from the host computer). The drive ships with the ability to connect to your computer using a high-speed USB 2.0 port for file transfer speeds up to 480Mbps, but there is also an optional $99 FireWire interface (with file transfer speeds up to 400Mbps).
Using FireWire, it wasn’t the fastest drive we’ve seen, but it should still be adequate for everyday use. A single 495MB file took 37 seconds to copy, while a mixed bag of 336MB took 1 minute 30 seconds.
You also get a copy of Iomega QuikSync 3.0 to save a copy of your files as you work, and 1-Step Backup, a more traditional backup tool to help protect your files.
The 120GB HDD offers a massive amount of storage in an easy-to-use external box. Its performance is sufficient for everyday use, and the ease of installation and handy software utilities make it great for users who need extra storage but don’t want to delve under the case.
In brief: Iomega HDD 120GB
An external 7200rpm hard drive capable of connecting to your PC using both USB 2.0 and FireWire. 1-Step Backup and QuikSync software is included.
Price: $799, $99 for optional FireWire interface
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