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USB 3.0 hard drives start to flood market

It's Superspeed
Mon Jun 07 2010, 17:24

STORAGE HARDWARE MAKERS Iomega and Verbatim are two of the latest vendors to look to the future with hard drives offering Superspeed USB 3.0 support.

Iomega, part of storage giant EMC, is offering a portable hard drive, coming in with 500GB of storage but most importantly offering USB 3.0 transfer speed. It is also offering a desktop hard drive in 1TB and 2TB capacities that also uses USB 3.0.

Verbatim followed this up with virtually the same kind of thing- a portable hard drive with USB 3.0, but you can also get a 1TB version in black as well as a 500GB silver device. Iomega is also offering 1TB and 2TB desktop hard drives.

Pushing these devices to people who want things done quickly, the companies say that these types of drives offer bus speeds of up to 4.8Gbit/sec, a ten-fold increase in performance. They are also backwards compatible, so there's no danger of making the devices you have that work with USB 2.0 redundant.

But it will take a while for current devices such as laptops with slower internal hard drives to cope with USB 3.0, which could hold back its use for a while. However if you do have a PC and you are looking to transfer data in bulk, one of these things might be well worth a look. µ



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