Verbatim’s new USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives

Macworld Australia Staff
12 October, 2010
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Press Release

Verbatim are excited to announce the release of their USB 3.0 Superspeed Portable Hard Drives. The new generation of USB 3.0 Store’n'Go Portable Hard Drives are available in 500GB and 1TB capaciites and will be shipping this month.

USB 3.0 delivers bus speeds of up to 4.8Gbit/sec – a ten-fold increase in performance compared to existing USB 2.0 connections – making it ideal for both home and office-based users who want to transfer large files with the newest and quickest technology available.

Only 127mm x 82mm x 20mm in size and weighing approximately 165 grams (for the 500GB version), Verbatim’s superfast USB 3.0 Portable Store ‘n’ Go Hard Disk Drive is very handy – it sits comfortably in the palm of the hand, or fits neatly in any ladies’ handbag or men’s jacket – making it easy to carry around. The single-cable solution provides a combined data and power connection eliminating the need for a separate power supply. As usual, the drive comes with a 24 month guarantee.

USB 3.0 Portable Store ‘n’ Go Hard Drive

  • 6.35cm (2.5”) format
  • Super-fast with transfer rates of up to 4.8 Gbit/sec – 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  • Available in silver (500GB) and black (1TB)
  • GREEN BUTTON energy-saving software
  • Nero BackItUp & Burn Essentials Software
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 host devices at USB high speed.
  • Works with Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.1, Linux (Kernel 2.6.31) or higher

Software for Back-ups, Burning and Energy Saving

Included on the Store’n'Go USB3.0 Portable Hard Drives are two software packages.

Nero BackItUp and Burn Essentials, which combines three important functions in just one piece of software: as well as regularly backing-up all files and folders users can also burn photos, videos or other data content onto CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc, and recover damaged files with Nero RescueAgent.

The GREEN BUTTON software reduces energy consumption and extends the drive’s life expectancy by automatically placing the Verbatim Store `n` Go into sleep mode after a programmed period of time or by the user manually clicking on the GREEN BUTTON on the desktop.

“We’re extremely excited to introduce our first USB 3.0 compatible products that will ensure complete interoperability and the best performance for our customers,” says Paul Johnson, General Manager Verbatim Australia & New Zealand. “As a leader in the hard drive market with our finger firmly on the pulse of consumers’ evolving needs, we’re pleased to deliver an easy-to-use option that allows them to experience the significant improvement of SuperSpeed 3.0 connectivity when transferring and storing their data.”

Availability and Pricing

Verbatim’s Store’n'Go USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives will be available in-store mid to late October. Visit for more information and stockists.

P/N 53017 Store’n'Go Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 500GB RRP AUD$129
P/N 53018 Store’n'Go Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 1TB RRP AUD$219

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