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New Iomega(R) Desktop Hard Drives Support 'Time Machine' Backup Feature In Mac(R) OS(R) Leopard
Nov 08, 2007 (06:11 AM EST)

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iomega Corporation , a global leader in data protection and security, today announced that the newly shipping Iomega(R) UltraMax(TM) Pro, UltraMax(TM), and MiniMax(TM) desktop hard drives are seamlessly compatible with Time Machine, the innovative new backup feature in Mac(R) OS(R) X Leopard.

Iomega is now shipping worldwide its new Apple-oriented UltraMax Pro, UltraMax and MiniMax hard drives, all of which are automatically recognized by Time Machine as potential backup drives because they are pre-formatted with the Apple HFS+ file system. Connect any of these drives to a computer running Leopard, and the operating system will ask whether to use the new drive as a backup drive. When the user answers 'yes,' Time Machine automatically goes to work, backing up all files as needed to restore the user's computer in case of future data disasters.

Industry observers are singing the praises of Time Machine, calling it a "no-brainer backup system" (, "The most significant innovation in Leopard" (BusinessWeek), and "Leopard's flashiest new feature" (Chicago Sun-Times).

"Iomega has introduced its broadest lineup of HFS+ hard drives ever this fall, and the timing is excellent for customers with an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini computer," said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Iomega Corporation. "With up to 1.5TB* of capacity for backing up all of your critical files, Iomega UltraMax Pro, UltraMax and MiniMax desktop hard drives are designed to specifically support the Time Machine feature in Leopard, providing users with the best in performance, value, and customer support in the storage business."

Time Machine users can target HFS+ formatted Iomega desktop hard drives as the location for a backup copy of all of their computer's system settings and application data, including photos, music, videos, and presentations. Time Machine also keeps track of incremental changes and takes regular snapshots of new or changed files, allowing the user to restore any file or folder to its previous state. Time Machine can even restore the entire computer or migrate the user's files and settings to a new Mac.

About Iomega(R) UltraMax(TM) Pro Desktop Hard Drives

UltraMax(TM) Pro Desktop Hard Drives feature two HFS+ formatted hard drives with a total capacity of 1.5 TB in a stackable drive enclosure that complements the Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, echoing the Mac Pro computer's industrial design. Dual hot-swappable SATA II hard drives minimize downtime when configured as a RAID 1 array; the default RAID setting is RAID 0 (striping) for maximum performance. Built-in interface options include two FireWire 800 ports, one FireWire 400 port, and 1 USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) port.

About Iomega(R) UltraMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drives

UltraMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drives are slim and elegant, designed like the UltraMax Pro to complement the Mac Pro series of Apple computers. Single- drive UltraMax models are available in 750GB and 500GB capacities, each with four interface choices onboard: one eSATA port, two FireWire 800 ports, one FireWire 400 port, and one USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) port. Also available is a value-priced 500GB model with two FireWire 400 ports and one USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) port.

About Iomega(R) MiniMax(TM) Hard Drives

The Iomega(R) MiniMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drive features a form factor and industrial design that beautifully complements and stacks easily with the Apple Mac Mini computer. Single-drive 750GB and 500GB models include a 3-port FireWire(R) 400 hub and a 3-port USB 2.0 hub. Also available is a value-priced 500GB MiniMax model with a 3-port USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) hub.


Time Machine is a feature of Mac(R) OS Leopard. Mac OS Leopard is a product of Apple Inc. and ships with new iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini computers; Leopard is also available separately as an operating system upgrade.

The Iomega UltraMax Pro, UltraMax, and MiniMax desktop hard drives come ready to use out-of-the box with Apple's HFS+ file system, the native file system for Mac OS computers, making them fully compatible with the Time Machine feature of Leopard. Other Iomega external hard drives that use the FAT 32 or NTFS file system can be reformatted to HFS+ for use with Time Machine.

Price and Availability

The Iomega UltraMax(TM) Pro Desktop Hard Drive FireWire(R) 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 1.5TB is available now for $599.95. Iomega also offers a FAT 32 formatted 1.5TB UltraMax Pro Desktop Hard Drive with eSATA 3GBits and USB 2.0 interfaces for $599.95; this product must be reformatted to HFS+ to be compatible with Time Machine.

The Iomega UltraMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drive eSATA/FireWire(R) 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 is available now for $319.95 (750GB) and $219.95 (500GB) respectively. The dual-interface model, the UltraMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drive FireWire(R) 400/USB 2.0 500GB is available now for $189.95.

The Iomega MiniMax(TM) Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 500GB is available now for $179.95. The MiniMax Desktop Hard Drive FireWire 400/USB 2.0 750GB is available for $319.95, and the 500GB model is available for $199.95.

All prices are suggested U.S. retail.

About Iomega

Iomega Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, is a worldwide leader in innovative storage and network security solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, consumers and others. The Company has sold more than 400 million digital storage drives and disks since its inception in 1980. Today, Iomega's product portfolio includes industry leading network attached storage products, external hard drives, and our award-winning removable storage technology, the REV(R) Backup Drive. OfficeScreen(R), Iomega's managed security services, available in the U.S. and select markets in Europe, provides enterprise quality perimeter security and secure remote network access for SMBs, which help protect small enterprises from data theft and liability. To learn about all of Iomega's digital storage products and managed services solutions, please go to the Web at . Resellers can visit Iomega at .

NOTE: The statements contained in this release regarding development, production and distribution of the Iomega UltraMax Pro, UltraMax and MiniMax desktop hard drives, anticipated product pricing and availability, expected product performance and specifications, future applications for the new product and all other statements that are not purely historical, are forward- looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward-looking statements are based upon information available to Iomega as of the date hereof, and Iomega disclaims any intention or obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the successful completion of product development and testing, market acceptance of, and demand for, the Iomega product, any difficulties encountered in ramping up production or other manufacturing issues, including component availability and pricing, co-development, production, and distribution issues, product pricing and conformity to specifications, dependence upon third party suppliers, competition, intellectual property rights and other risks and uncertainties identified in the reports filed from time to time by Iomega with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Iomega's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

* 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.

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Media please contact: Chris Romoser, Iomega Corporation, (858) 314-7148 Analyst/Investors, please contact: Preston Romm, Iomega Corporation, (858) 314-7188

CONTACT: Chris Romoser, +1-858-314-7148,, oranalyst-investors, Preston Romm, +1-858-314-7188, both of IomegaCorporation

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