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Vendors Roll Out New Removable Hard Drives

Solution providers are carefully watching how the market unfolds for a new breed of data backup and archiving technology: removable hard drives.

Removable hard drives include an interface that fits in a server, PC or autoloader, along with removable hard-disk cartridges based on traditional hard-drive technology. However, they can be inserted and removed for off-site storage like tape cartridges.

The drives are coming to market via a minimum of five vendors, including Imation, Oakdale, Minn.; Iomega, San Diego; Quantum, Milpitas, Calif.; Tandberg Data, San Diego; and Spectra Logic, Boulder, Colo.

Removable hard drives have become an important part of the storage technology that Advanced Automation provides to its medical and dental office customers, said Jon Ouzts, sales manager at the Norcross, Ga., solution provider.

Customers in this space use Iomega's Rev drives to rotate disks off-site for disaster recovery, Ouzts said. "Tapes don't work so well in those environments, especially in dental offices where sprays used on customers' teeth can create a lot of dust and debris."

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