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.
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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
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
Toshiba announced this week that they will be introducing a line of mobile external hard drives based on their 1.8-inch HDD platform. These new drives will be available in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacities. The company has also expanded its line of 2.5-inch external hard drives to include a 320GB model.

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced it will introduce a mobile personal storage line based on its market-leading 1.8-inch HDD, along with the industry’s highest-capacity portable external hard drive based on the 2.5-inch HDD platform at 320GB.

As the only HDD supplier with a proven track record in marketing 1.8-inch HDDs, Toshiba is the first HDD manufacturer to introduce a 1.8-inch external product. In addition, Toshiba has completely redesigned its personal storage line with a sleek, contemporary look to complement other technology appliances.
While Toshiba’s 1.8-inch external HDDs won't be available until spring, their new 2.5-inch 320GB external HDD will hit stores later this month for a suggested retail price of $199.99. More information can be found here. Add a comment