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October 31, 2012

I-O Data Announces New USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 External Drives

I-O Data has today unveiled three fresh additions to its HDCA-UT family of external hard drives. Offering 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB worth of storage space, the new offerings measure 39 (W) x 185 (D) x 120 (H) mm, they weight 1.1 kg and feature a fanless design, USB 3.0 connectivity, and an Eco mode for saving power while idle.

Like their predecessors, these models can be installed both vertically or horizontally and can be easily connected to TVs and camcorders for direct, PC-less use. They are backed by a one-year warranty and are coming out gradually - the 4 TB (~ $ 465) drive is already selling, while the 1 TB (~ $ 144) and 2 TB (~ $ 183) will debut in mid-November.

In addition to the three new HDCA-UT Series models, I-O Data has announced a couple more HDCA-U HDDs, 1 TB and 2 TB external hard drives boasting a USB 2.0 interface. Like their USB 3.0-capable cousins, the HDCA-U HDDs measure 39 (W) x 185 (D) x 120 (H) mm, they have a fanless design, they can be installed horizontally or vertically, and can be connected directly to HDTVs to record your favorite shows. They can also be hooked up to camcorders for some PC-free video / photo storing.

The new 1 TB and 2 TB HDCA-U drives cost about $ 133 and $ 173, respectively, and will be available in black and white as of mid-November.