Transcend recently announced their new shock-resistant portable hard drives. Available in 160GB and 250GB capacities, the StoreJet 25 mobile features a rugged silicone outer case and a shock absorbing suspension system to protect the internal hard drive from damage.

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a global leader in the digital storage industry, proudly announces its new shock-resistant high capacity portable hard drive - the StoreJet 25 mobile. The new StoreJet 25 mobile is lightweight (206g) and easy to carry around, with compact measurements of just 134mm by 80.8mm by 18.8mm. Inside its extra-rugged shockproof silicone outer case is a high-capacity hard drive that lets you backup and store up to 250GB of data. To protect against data loss or damage from accidental slips or falls, the StoreJet 25 mobile meets U.S.military drop-test standards (MIL-STD-810F - Transit Drop) with advanced two-stage anti-shock technology, literally making it one of the safest places to keep your data. In order to ensure maximum compatibility with most desktop and notebook computers, the StoreJet 25 mobile uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, which provides data transfer rates up to 480Mb per second while offering the convenience of plug and play.
If you'd like to read more, Transcend's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Verbatim Europe has announced the launch of its new line of 2.5” portable hard drives. These palm-sized drives come in sizes ranging from 120GB up to 320GB and offer your choice of a USB interface or Combo USB/FireWire interface.

Verbatim launches a whole new line of Verbatim 2.5” Portable Hard Drives (HDDs). With the new, elegantly designed External Hard Drives, consumers and businesses can immediately add 120, 160, 250, or 320GB removable capacity to their computer. The palm-sized external drives will be available for both Windows and Mac users in specialist stores from February.

The need for a fast, easy way to store, backup, share and transport data and multimedia files is fueling explosive growth in the worldwide removable storage industry. As a result, the market research company GfK predicted sales of around 10 million external hard drives in Western Europe in 2007 - an increase of just under 90 percent compared to 2006, when 5.2 million external hard drives were sold. For 2008, GfK anticipates a total sales volume of over 14 million 2.5" and 3.5" External Hard Drives in Western Europe.
If you'd like to read more, Verbatim's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Earlier this week, G-Technology unveiled the world's first 500GB 2.5" portable hard disk drive. Designed specifically for the Mac environment, the G-DRIVE mini Triple 500 comes formatted HFS+ and is equipped with FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports.

G-Technology, Inc. (www.g-technology.com, G-Tech), a manufacturer of premium storagesolutions for the Apple Mac community that was acquired today by Fabrik Inc.(www.fabrik.com), announces a new addition to its G-DRIVE mini external storage family.With a FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interface, the new G-DRIVE mini Triple 500 isthe first portable drive in the industry at 500GB giving AV professionals and multimediaenthusiasts fast, high-capacity portable storage. Compact and light weight - around 10 oz - the G-DRIVE mini easliy slips into a computer, camara or camcorder bag, holding more than45 hours of high defenition video, 200,000 5 Mpixel JPEG photos, or 125,000 MP3 files.Because the device is bus-powered, no bulky AC adaptor is required.
G-Tech plans to ship the G-DRIVE mini in March 2008. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Western Digital sent out a press release today, announcing its new My Passport Essential Portable USB Drives. These stylish, pocket sized hard drives are available in capacities up to 320GB and can be powered directly through the USB cable.

WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new My Passport Essential Portable USB Drives. Redesigned to complement WD's popular My Book family of external drives, the drives introduce a sleek new form that feels good in your hand and fits neatly in a pocket or purse. Available now at select retailers and at WD's online store (www.shopwd.com), the new My Passport Essential USB Drives feature a beautiful glossy black finish and put almost a third of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand.

Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport Essential Drives are light and compact to carry and because they are bus powered, they do not need an external power adapter. Equipped with sync and encryption software (Windows-compatible only), this lightweight drive with mega-capacity, makes it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, or videos or photos.
WD's My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now, with the 320GB version retailing for about $199.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Iomega announced at Macworld that they've expanded their line of eGo portable hard drives. The company has added new models with dual interfaces, higher capacities and eye-catching colors.

Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today introduced new higher capacity and dual interface models for its hugely popular Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, which has changed the way computer users view design and function in portable hard drives.

The newest additions to the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive family include 160GB* and 250GB models with dual USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces, available in Cherry Red, Jet Black and Alpine White. Iomega also announced today new 250GB USB 2.0-powered models in Cherry Red, Midnight Blue and Jet Black.
More information, including prices, is available on Iomega's website. Add a comment