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Iomega intros SSD-based USB 3.0 portable drive

Iomega announces the first portable drive that's based on a solid-state drive and uses USB 3.0.

The first SSD-based USB 3.0 portable drive from Iomega.
The first SSD-based USB 3.0 portable drive from Iomega. Iomega

Iomega today announced its--and possibly the world's--first portable storage solution that's based on a solid-state drive (SSD), the Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive.

Traditionally, most portable drives are based on internal laptop (2.5-inch) hard drives. As the name suggests, the new drive also supports USB 3.0, which offers a ceiling speed of up to 5Gbps.

According to Iomega, the new SSD Flash Drive features built-in 256-bit hardware encryption and rugged housing, and is bus-powered, meaning it uses only one USB cable for both data and power connections.

Iomega claims that the new drive's metal chassis delivers protection from drops up to 10 feet, and it offers speeds about twice that of a regular 7,200rpm SATA hard drive. The SSD Flash Drive comes bundled with antivirus and backup software; the device is backed by a three-year warranty.

The new SSD Flash Drive will be available in early November and is slated to cost $229, $399, and $749 for 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, respectively.