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Maxtor drives Mini to ME

Maxtor has announced the regional release of its first small factor external storage solution, called the OneTouch III Mini Edition drive.

Maxtor has announced the regional release of its first small factor external storage solution, called the OneTouch III Mini Edition.

“This is great news for consumers in the MEA region in an increasingly mobile world, whereby we have experienced an increase in demand for a ‘real’ portable digital storage device and the launch of the OT III Mini Edition delivers on this,” stated Rajeev Mukul, general manger of Maxtor MEA. “Digital entertainment and data have become absolutely integral to our everyday lives, for people and businesses,” he added.

According to Maxtor, the introduction of its OneTouch Mini comes in response to mounting interest from the firm’s global network of retailers and distributors to provide a strong portable offering. The product will compete directly with Western Digital's 'Passport' portable hard disk drive.

Maxtor quoted a recent IDC research study, which predicted that the global mobile worker population will grow by more than 200 million users between 2004 and 2009. According to IDC’s analysis, there will be more than 850 million mobile workers during 2009, representing more than one-quarter of the global workforce.

The OneTouch III Mini Edition itself boasts software called ‘Sync’ that automatically synchronises files between two or more PCs on the same operating platform. Also included is System Rollback software, which is similar to Windows XP’s System Restore app. Automated backup software and vibration protection are also packed in.

On the security front, the OneTouch III drive includes software encryption to safeguard its contents if the drive is lost or stolen, as well as Maxtor DriveLock, which is firmware designed to deny access without the correct password (even if the internal drive is removed from the casing and attached to another PC).

The drive comes in 60GByte and 100GByte capacities and works with Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP via a USB 2.0 port. The 60Gbyte model is priced at US $129 while the 100Gbyte model retails for $189.

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