Storage Options for Every SMB

By Lauren Simonds
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Storage may not be the most glamorous technology you'll ever come across, but any one who runs a small business knows how quickly a hard drive — even today's massive models — can fill up. When that happens, it's time to add the digital equivalent of an extra room to your business.

Iomega recently announced a number of easy-to-use storage drives that should give many small businesses the extra room they need without decimating the budget.

Iomega Network Hard Drive

If you want one place where everyone in the office can access and share files and, this storage option might do the trick.

Although it looks very much like an average external storage drive, the Iomega Network Hard Drive works a bit differently.

Instead of plugging the drive into a computer's external USB port, the Iomega Network Hard Drive attaches directly to the network. You connect the drive via its 10/100 Ethernet port and plug it into either a network hub or router.

Once the drive is connected to the Network, each person who shares the drive runs Iomega's discovery tool software on his or her PC. T

The software automatically configures access to the drive and assigns it a drive letter for each PC. The Network Hard drive will appear on each desktop as a locally attached drive.

The package includes Iomega's Automatic Backup Software for up to four people, along with Adobe Photoshop Album SE and MusicMatch Jukebox.

The drive is compatible with Windows 98.98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher, Linux kernal 2.4.24 or higher and Samba 3.04 or higher.

Network Hard Drive — 160GB: $279.95
Network Hard Drive — 250GB: $379.95

Iomega is offering a $30 mail-in rebate (on both models) through the end of the year.

External Hard Drives
Companies with certain employees that handle lots of large files, such as images or videos, could find an external hard drive gives them the flexibility they need — at an affordable price.

Iomega's Network Hard Drive
Your entire office can share extra storage space if you plug an Iomega Network Drive into your network router or hub.

Iomega has added three new models to it family of external drives. Various connection interfaces make them suitable for both Mac and PC environments, and a built-in Kensington slot lets you secure the drive to your desktop.

Each drive features a 7,200-RPM drive for speedy data transfer and includes Iomega's Automatic Backup software. You can choose from:

  • USB 2.0 — Available in 120-, 160- and 250GB capacities and priced at $159, $189 and $249 respectively.
  • Dual-Interface USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 (1394) — Available starting October 15 in 120-, 160- and 250GB capacities and priced at $179, $199 and $269 respectively.
  • Triple-Interface USB 2.0, Firewire 400 (1394) and Firewire 800 (1394b) — Comes with Dantz Retrospect Express for Mac. Available November 5, in 160-, 250- and 400GB capacities and priced at $209, $279 and $429 respectively.

Iomega's External Hard Drive
Need extra storage room? Just plug in one of Iomega's external hard drives.

Super DVD 16X Writers
If your business involves video, or you're looking for a way to archive your computer data, you might find Iomega's DVD burners useful.

Both models come with a 16x4x8x write, rewrite and read capability for DVD+R and DVD+RW discs, while the drives handle CD-R and CD-RW discs at 40x24x40.

The main difference is that the Iomega Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 drive (whew, long name) combines a DVD recorder with a video capture card.

To capture the video, plug the source (VCR, video camera) into the burner's S-video, video, and left and right audio ports — located on the back of the drive.

Iomega says it added a QuikTouch button to simplify the burning process. According to the company, a press of the button starts the process and the drive automatically recognizes the sic format.

 Iomega's Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 drive
Burn your own DVDs and CDs with Iomega's Super DVD burners — one version includes a video capture card so you can digitize video.

If you already have a video capture card or just want to burn discs, not digitize video, Iomega offers the Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 drive.

The software package includes Iomega's DVD Solutions Wixard, Automatic BackUp, HotBurn Pro, Sonic MyDVD, Sonic Sinepalyer, MusicMatch Jukebox and Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition. Mac software includes Charismac Describe.

Iomega Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 drive — $199.95
Iomega Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 drive — $299.95

Iomega offers a $30 mail-in rebate on both drives through the end of the year.

Mini and Micro-Mini Drives
Looking for a quick, simple way to bring files home from the office? Try a mini drive.

Iomega's Mini Drive
The mini drive comes with a strip that you can decorate or use to label the drive's contents.

Iomega offers two types of flash drives — mini and micro-mini. The micro drive has a more traditional look to it along with a covered strip on the side so you can label the drive's contents.

These USB 2.0 drives use flash memory to store information. Flash drives are small enough to carry in your pocket, on a keychain or on a chain around your neck.

Simply plug one into the USB port of any PC — where it appears as a drive — and you can drag and drop files. Prices vary depending on the capacity of the drive.

Mini Drive Capacity and Pricing
128 MB — $39.95
256 MB — $69.95
512 MB — 99.95
1 GB — $179.95

Just because you run your own business doesn't mean you can't have a little fun and make your fashion statement. The Iomega micro-mini drives are cute, colorful and about one-third the size of the standard flash drive.

Iomega's Micro-Mini Drive
One of the smallest flash drives around, Iomega's Micro-mini looks good and offers up to one gigabyte of space.

They're so small that you can wear them on a chain around you neck or clip them to your key chain or belt.

Each micro-mini comes with three interchangeable color caps, a neck chain, an illuminated extension cord and a key clip. Note: the 64MB micro mini does not include the neck chain or extension cord.

Micro-Mini Drive Capacity and Pricing
64 MB — $29.95
128 MB — $39.95
256 MB — $69.95
512 MB — $99.95
1 GB — $179.95

Iomega is offering a $30 mail-in rebate (on mini and micro-mini flash drives) through the end of the year.

Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com

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This article was originally published on October 06, 2004
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