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Iomega Prestige 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 34929 (Gray)

3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Easy-to-use - Simple USB 2.0 interface; just plug and play
  • Stylish & Durable - Now more compact and available in a charcoal gray brushed finish; sturdy aluminum construction
  • Secure - Iomega Protection Suite software includes Trend Micro Internet Security , Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect
  • 3 Year Warranty with product registration

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Technical Details

  • Mac Compatible
  • Minimum RAM: 128 MB

Product Description

Product Description

The Iomega Prestige Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 provides a simple and affordable solution for all your storage needs. Ideal for adding capacity to your system, this stylish drive offers a sturdy aluminum construction and included stand. Available in up to 2 TB capacity, it is the easiest way to save photos, music, videos, and more. Iomega Protection Suite is included with solutions to access your PC, easily backup your data, and protect your computer and online experience. Software available via easy download! The suite includes Trend Micro Internet Security (1 year subscription), Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect, and MozyHome Online Backup service.

From the Manufacturer

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Iomega® Prestige™
500GB Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0
At a Glance:
music Up to 9000* hours (MP3s)
photo Up to 2 million* Digital Photos
movie Up to 750* hours of DVD Video

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The portable drive for every lifestyle — Easy, compact, and perfect

The Iomega® Prestige™ Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 provides a simple and affordable solution for all your storage needs. Ideal for adding capacity to your system, this stylish drive offers a sturdy aluminum construction and included stand. It's the easiest way to save photos, music, videos and more.

Plug-and-Play Simplicity and 500GB Storage Capacity

The Iomega Prestige Features:

  • USB 2.0 interface for fast data transfers, plug-and-play simplicity, and universal compatibility.
  • Data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps.
  • Preformatted NTFS drive, so you don't have to waste time formatting to use it.
  • Fast spindle speed and an 8MB or higher cache buffer. This provides performance that results in fast access speeds and low latency.

Stylish Aluminum Case

The Prestige has durable aluminum construction with a brushed-metal finish that will stylishly complement your desktop or workstation. An included stand gives you the option of either placing the drive horizontally or vertically.

Not only does the aluminum design look good, it also works to dissipate heat, allowing the drive to run cooler and quieter.

Backup Software Included

It includes Iomega Protection Suite software with Iomega QuickProtect, EMC® Retrospect®, MozyHome™ Online Backup service**, Trend Micro™ Internet Security*** (1 year subscription), and Iomega VClone, letting you take your PC virtually anywhere including files, settings, and applications.

** Not available in The People's Republic of China
*** Not available in Japan

Compatible with Macs and PCs

Whether you have a Mac or PC, the Prestige will do the job.

  • PC: Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional, and a Pentium II class processor with 256MB RAM and a USB 2.0 connection
  • Mac: (PowerPC or Intel) with OS X 10.3 or above with a USB 2.0 port.

The Iomega Prestige External Hard Drive is backed by a three-year warranty.

What's in the Box

  • Iomega Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 Connection Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • HTML User Manual and Help Files
  • Backup software license included
  • software via download (PC & Mac)

* Contents refers to number of songs, photos, or hours of video, calculated as follows — Songs (MP3): 128 kbps bit rate using 11:1 compression ration, 4 min/song; Digital photos: 2.5MB per JPG photo using 6 megapixel camera; DVD Video: 5.5 Mb/s (2.597 GB/hr) data rate; DVD Video: 8.3 GB/hr recording rate for 720p or 1080i output. These examples are for illustrative purposes only. One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. Your results may vary.



Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.4 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B003GALRI0
Item model number 34929
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,997 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com April 22, 2010

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After this Iomega Prestige 500 gb failed today after 1-1/2 years of use, I've given up on Iomega. We do not abuse our hard drives, they are not transported, only used for backing up with Time Machine on our Macs using Snow Leopard. We have several networked Mac computers, and every Iomega external hard drive has failed within 2 years. One was replaced by Iomega, but that one frequently has to be reformatted. We have followed the reformatting instructions on Iomega's website, changed cables, plugged directly into the USB port on the computers, but nothing has helped. The replacement Verbatim drives seem to be trouble-free, quiet and reliable. Sorry Iomega, but I simply can't recommend your external hard drives.
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Buyer Beware:

Bought this external hard drive from Amazon in March of 2009. Here it is September, 2010 and this hard drive has already gone out.

Save your money, and don't buy this product.

Guido T. Sarducci
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I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality of the drive. Its constructed out of aluminum and has a nice sturdy feel to it. It installed no problem and within minutes I was backing up my desktop PC. I burned about 200G to it without issue. I also like the fact the there is no preinstalled software on the drive. I prefer to choose my own backup programs (Goodsync). However if you want the IoMega SW you can download it. I plan to keep it powered on and spinning for a few days to flesh out any mechanical problems. Take note that this drive neeeds external power and has some "heft" to it. So if your looking for a truly lightweight portable drive you should move on. If I encounter any problems I'll update my review. At this point it seems like an excellent buy...
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I've only used the device once since I got it (less than 1 year ago) and it's already broken. The device is entirely too fragile for everyday use. I once dropped the device from a distance of no more than 14 inches and the computer techicians have told me that fall is what likely did it in. Such a waste of money. I'm probably going to back to zip drives!
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Funciona muy bien, es muy rapido, recomendado para respaldo en casa, dado que necesita energia no sirve como para transportarlo.

It works great, is very fast, recommended for support at home because you need not be used as energy for transport.
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Great External Drive, it is too easy to use, just plug into USB port and instantly you have an extra drive for backups, or a working drive for your system. Some software is made available for free download, but you don't really need it if you're familiar with the Windows programs for backing up and/or copying.
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I have been using this for about a year now. I had bought this to take back up from Mac laptop. It is a good and does everything that I expect it to do. Firstly, the setting up the drive was very simple and quick. Secondly, I burned around 100 GB of data in a go without any issues. You have to just plug it and transfer the files. Any person who does not have any knowledge about external drives can also can easily handle this drive. I am happy with my buy.
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I use this drive as backup for my iMac. I plugged it in and hooked it up and it immediately got to work with Time Machine to back up the entire contents of my hard drive; and it has continued to do so for months now. If you use your computer as most people do, for e-mail, doing your finances, perhaps schoolwork, this little drive is perfectly adequate and reliable. There's no need to spend any more on a backup.
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