PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 12:00am

The external hard disk drive is another example of computer peripheral equipment given a makeover. Built in a silver casing that looks great on any desktop, Iomega's new External Hard Drive Silver Series is a high-speed Universal Serial Bus 2.0 device for the home or small office. It measures 128.9x74.4x12.7 millimetres and comes in capacities of 120 and 160 gigabytes. With 7,200 revolutions per minute performance and plug-and-play installation, it is touted as one of the simplest, most affordable ways to store digital music, photos, videos and other large files. The 160GB Silver Series drive ($1,430) can store up to 740,000 highly compressed, 3-megapixel resolution photos; 2,960 hours of 128-kilobits per second MP3 audio music; or 240 hours of 720x480 DVD MPEG-2 video. Iomega's built-in Automatic Backup Pro software provides professional-level 'set-it and forget it' backup and disaster recovery for data, which backs up on a scheduled or continuous basis.