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Iomega Professional 500GB USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive - 34278

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Good for the money? No. GREAT!

by Brian Ransom on 1/24/2009

I am very pleased with the drive. Extremely easy to set up, plug and play. I needed something faster than USB and less expensive than firewire with a decent amount of capacity. My research turned up the Iomega ® Professional Desktop Hard Drive. I bought a Rosewill RC216 card for $20 to give me an eSATA connection. Actually the RC216 gives you two eSATA connections, two internal SATA connections and one internal IDE (ATA) connector. It is a 1x PCIe card. A lot of value for the money just like the Iomega drive. Did I mention the drive hooked up through its eSATA connection screams? Oh, and it also has a USB connection so you could upgrade to eSATA later.

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Much faster than USB 2.0

by Chris Darron on 5/1/2009

I have had this drive for about a month and use it for backing up large folders (6 - 10 GB). It works well and it was easy to set up. I did buy a cable that includes a PCI bracket and connects the internal motherboard SATA port to the bracket. My only disappointment with the drive is that it must be powered on before turning on the computer or Windows will not recognize it (i.e. not hot pluggable). Otherwise, I am very happy with it.

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Product Overview

With a true eSATA interface for the fastest speeds available, the Iomega ® Professional Desktop Hard Drive eSATA 3 Gbits/USB 2.0 offers a powerful, high-performance storage solution. Now available in a sleek metal design in 500GB capacity. This drive is ideally suited to handle a wide range of advanced applications and storage requirements. It is the perfect solution for professional-quality video applications or home office environments. The Professional Desktop Hard Drive is powered by an Energy Star® qualified adapter for a better environment and include both EMC® Retrospect® software and MozyHome Online backup service (2GB free) to secure your data (software via download).

  • Performance Driven - eSATA performs 6x faster than USB 2.0 or FireWire® 400! 3 Gbits/s eSATA connection saves you time
  • Secure - Award-winning , EMC® Retrospect® and MozyHome™ software included for professional level backup and disaster recovery for all your critical data. Just set it and forget it - effortlessly back up files on a scheduled basis
  • Reliable - Compliant with the NEW eSATA standards
  • Includes Iomega® Never Down™ Software - Create a safety net for your system files with complete external backup of your operating system, applications, personal settings, and data
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Iomega
    Mfg Part# 34278
    SKU 209870057
    UPC 742709342783
    UPC 14 00742709342783
    Product Guide Check out all the different ways Iomega products can be used within your home and/or home office!
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    Host Interface USB 2.0 USB / eSATA
    Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
    Manufacturer Iomega Corporation
    Product Type Hard Drive
    Manufacturer Part Number 34278
    Product Name Professional Hard Drive
    Manufacturer Website Address
    Product Series Professional
    Package Contents Professional Hard Drive eSATA Cable USB Cable Power Cord Quick Install Guide HTML User Manual and Help Files Backup software license included, software via download (PC only)
    Form Factor External
    Storage Capacity 500 GB
    Standard Warranty 1 Year
    Tech Specs
    Transfer rates: eSATA up to 3000 Mbits/s; USB 2.0 up to 480 Mbits/s
    Memory cache - 8mb or greater
    Formatted with NTFS
    Warranty: 3 years, with product registration
    Desktop Hard Drive
    Cables: eSATA, USB 2.0, power cord
    Quick Start Guide
    PC System Requirements
    eSATA PCI card required
    Pentium® II-class or equivalent processor or higher
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional; XP Home/XP
    Professional/XP Professional x64; Windows Vista™
    256mb RAM or higher
    Mac System Requirements
    eSATA PCI card required
    G3 or higher computer with built-in USB connection
    Requires Mac OS X 10.2 or above
    128mb RAM or higher
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