CMS Peripherals, a leading provider of hard drive upgrades and portable automatic backup solutions for notebook and desktop computers, recently announced the expansion of their Desktop Automatic Backup System (ABS) for Windows 98/Me and 2000 users to include 80GB capacity solutions.

Using a USB interface, the ABS delivers up to 1.5 MB/s performance, offering users a stable high data throughput for backup, additional storage and file or system recovery. The USB interface also enables users to backup and share files among multiple USB-enabled notebooks, desktops and workstations.

Once connected, the unit's exclusive patent-pending "Automatic Launcher" technology initiates either a full or incremental backup as designated by the user or IT manager.

Costing only $12.50 per gigabyte (GB), as opposed to removable media costing nearly $60 per GB, the Desktop ABS is not only easier to use, it is also far more economical.

Because user data is mission critical, storage requirements continue to surpass hard drive and server capacity. Demands for higher capacity portable mass storage are on the rise. Using the Desktop ABS is as easy as plugging in the included USB cable. Backup tasks can be configured for the entire system, or just certain files.

To take advantage of any remaining hard drive space on the ABS, users can easily create additional file folders on the ABS to store "occasional use" files and programs that don't need to remain on the host computer. For fast retrieval, the ABS can be accessed as an additional drive letter by the host computer.

"The Desktop ABS can also provide enough external storage to more than double a PC's life-cycle," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals. "The ABS can easily run applications, organize data by project, client, template or application, and decrease network traffic infrastructure requirements."

The entire line of ABS solutions support flexible data interchange, backup, archival and migration of data with one of the market's lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). The Automatic Backup System for the desktop is available now in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB capacities with a three-year warranty.

Estimated street prices (ESP) range from $399 for the 20GB solution, to $999 for the 80GB.

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