SimpleTech have unveiled a pair of external hard-drives offering multiple connectivity options and a reinforced casing for durability. The Pro and Duo Pro drives each have eSATA, FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 ports, for data transfers up to 3 gigabytes per second, and in the case of the Duo Pro will offer a choice of RAID 0 or 1 configuration.
It’s increasingly common for external storage to come with included online backup service, and SimpleTech’s is no different. Both the Pro and Duo Pro include subscriptions to Fabrik Ultimate Backup, which offers up to 2GB of free online backup; unlimited capacity is priced at $4.95 a month. The drives are both compatible with PCs and Macs.
The SimpleTech Pro Drive is available now, priced at $159.99 for 500GB, $209.99 for 750GB and $259.99 for 1TB. A 1.5TB single-drive model will also be available mid-Q4, although pricing is as-yet unknown. The SimpleTech Duo Pro, meanwhile, is available now priced at $279.99 for 1TB, $419.99 for 1.5TB and $549.99 for 2TB. A 3TB model – the first two-drive external disc with that capacity – will ship mid-Q4. Again, no pricing has been announced.