Designed to blend into the background of any iMac desktop setup, Iomega‘s new Mac Companion Hard Drive sits unassumingly at the base of the iMac. A brushed silver exterior circles the drive and matches the shading on the iMac stand. The drive comes with either 2TB or 3TB storage depending on the model. The 3.5-inch hard drive runs at 7,200 RPM and comes with one FireWire 800, one conversion FireWire 400-800 as well as one USB 2.0 cable to connect to the iMac along with other compatible devices. On the outside of the drive, the consumer will find two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port as well as a two port integrated USB 2.0 hub. The USB port is also a 2.1 Amp hookup for charging other Apple devices like the iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.
On the front of the drive, there are four indicator lights to convey the amount of storage left on the hard drive. If all four LED lights are lit up in white, the user has utilized less than 20 percent of the capacity. Three LEDs in white means capacity is between 20 to 40 percent, two white LEDs translates to 40 to 60 percent, one white LED means 60 to 80 percent and one red LED offers a warning that the user has less than 20 percent space left on the drive.
In addition to the hardware, the drive also comes with Iomega Protection Suite, Mac Edition. This includes QuikProtect for scheduling backups of important files and MozyHome Online Backup for 2GB of cloud storage. The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive costs $195.00 for the 2TB model and $295.00 for the 3TB model. For the initial launch, the Mac Companion Hard Drive will be available only in Apple retail stores as well as Apple’s website. Later this month, consumers will be able to find the drive on the official Iomega site as well as other retailers.