Maxtor has released its external hard drive range, the 5000 series. Branded as "personal storage", the devices feature 80GB, 120GB and 250GB capacity as well as USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectivity. The first product, the 5000LE, is a USB 2.0 device and is available now, with the 120GB and 250GB drives expected to be available next month. With a starting capacity of 80GB, the drive can back up entire systems, performing incremental updates at the touch of a button. Users can also assign times for automatic backup of their system. The 5000LE features Maxtor's DiamondMax hard drive with Ultra ATA 133 interface, 5400rpm, a cache buffer of 2MB and a data transfer rate of up to 480MBps. It comes with Dantz Retrospect Express Software and is compatible with both Mac and PC systems.
The 80GB device carries a retail price of $499 and is available from Digiland while the 120GB and 250GB drives will cost $699 and $999, respectively.