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The search for storage at PC Expo

Kevin Komiega

When it's all said and done more than 85,000 IT pros from across the globe will have descended on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for the 18th annual PC Expo. With the hustle and bustle of thousands of attendees scouring the convention floor for free t-shirts and tech gear, it's a difficult task to navigate your way to the smaller companies' booths that skirt the edges of the hall. SearchStorage.com dodged the dancing parrots and gameshow knockoffs to dig up some of PC Expo's storage-related announcements. Here are some of the introductions:

Software

San Jose, Calif. software utility developer V Communications (VCOM) brought its software arsenal to PC Expo with the debut of their newest product Partition Commander 6.0. VCOM said that the Partition Commander gives users the ability easily partition their hard drive, reclaiming wasted disk space and organize files by way of the built in Partition Wizard. The software enables the user to safely resize partitions for all partition types used by Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000, DOS, and Linux, as well as the ability to create, delete, copy, and move any OS type partition. Partition Commander 6.0 sells for $39.95.

1Vision Software, Inc., Loveland, Colo., introduced 1Safe, its first data protection system to combine file management, backup, and restore in one product for PC users. 1Safe can designate backup to occur for entire systems, selected files, or modified files at user-scheduled

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intervals from sixty seconds to a full month. 1Safe is available this month from the 1Vision website for $69.00.

Hardware

Storage solution developer DataZone Corp., also based in San Jose, Calif., debuted its DataRAID, a fault tolerant RAID solution designed to provide users with a low cost RAID solution in any desktop PC. DataRAID supports data striping and mirroring and the DataRAID kit hits the market at a price of $199. The kit includes one DataBay unit and a Promise PCI concurrent dual IDE controller.

Headquartered in Glenrothes, Scotland, Calluna Technology Ltd. Announced its latest 650M Byte Type II PC Card format hard drive. The dirve, dubbed 'Move-It', boasts a capacity of 650M Bytes, more than doubling the capacity of its predecessor's 260M Byte drive space. Calluna said the new drive offers plug-and-play compatibility for a wide range of PCMCIA Type II PC Card sockets now established in a variety of mobile PCs, digital handheld devices, and digital cameras, along with other industrial and consumer equipment. In addition, Calluna said that the Move-It drive will operate under the 68 pin true IDE interface standard, enabling the Move-It drive to be used as the primary mass storage, or C: drive, in a mobile PC.


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