Decisions, decisions. The $200 price range tends to be reserved for happy shiny smartphones in our minds nowadays, but spare a thought for the demure hard drive as well. Imation's just announced an overhaul of its Apollo line of external plate spinners, with the headliner being the Expert D300 unit you see above. Accompanied by its very own detachable stand and backup software, this $220 USB 3.0 drive promises oodles of room and a decent turn of speed as well. Set for an October launch, it'll find lower price points for archivists with needs closer to 500GB or 1TB in size, and there's also a selection of classically minded USB 2.0 HDDs for the more frugal among you -- learn more about them in the full press release after the break.
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Imation Expands Award-Winning Apollo External Hard Drive Portfolio

Led by the two-terabyte, USB 3.0-enabled Apollo D300, updated line of hard drives sets a new standard for personal and professional use

OAKDALE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a market leader in data storage, expanded its award-winning Apollo™ family of external hard disk drives (EHDD) to provide leading-edge technology, professional design and stylish value for portable and desktop storage.

The updated Apollo line delivers solutions ranging from personal to professional use, updated designs and next-generation software that simplifies, automates and personalizes backup for up to two terabytes (TB) of data. In addition, the portfolio's flagship drive, the Apollo Expert D300, employs leading-edge USB 3.0 technology to move data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0-based drives.

"The explosion of large multimedia files, such as high-resolution photos and video, and the fact that even small businesses can be data-intensive, means households and businesses need to capture and save more digital information than ever," says Jason Elles, global brand leader for Imation. "Whether they're seeking exceptional value or high speeds, using a drive personally or professionally, or backing up their desktop or managing data on the go, there's an Apollo external hard drive to utilize."

The new Apollo family begins with the Apollo Expert D300 External Hard Drive. Ideal for professional users, the external hard drive features leading-edge, USB 3.0 technology to move data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 drives, and is backward compatible with USB 2.0. Available in 500-GB, 1-TB and 2-TB capacities, the drive delivers high-speed, professional-class data backup and solid protection capabilities. The drive features a brushed silver industrial design and removable stand to orient it horizontally or vertically. The drive uses ArcSoft TotalMedia® Backup software and includes a 60-day trial of Norton™ Online Backup.

Other products in the portfolio include:

Apollo Expert D200 External Hard Drive: Available in capacities from 500 GB to 2 TB, the external drive delivers professional-class data backup and solid protection. The USB 2.0-powered drive features a brushed silver, industrial design and a removable stand that enables users to orient the drive horizontally or vertically on their desktops. Designed for high performance and protected by a five-year limited warranty, the Apollo Expert D200 drive comes equipped with ArcSoft TotalMedia® Backup software and a 60-day trial of Norton™ Online Backup.

Apollo Expert M200 Portable Hard Drive: Designed for mobile professionals, the high-performance portable hard drive features an industrial design and a five-year limited warranty. The fully USB 2.0-powered drive offers storage capacities of 320, 500 and 640 GB. The drive uses ArcSoft Total Media® Backup software and includes a 60-day trial of Norton™ Online Backup for an extra layer of protection.

Apollo M100 Portable Hard Drive: The stylish, compact portable hard drive is ideal for value-focused, mobile users. Available in 320-, 500- and 640-gigabyte (GB) capacities, the fully USB 2.0-powered drive requires no external power supply or drivers. The 2.5-inch drive comes equipped with ArcSoft Total Media® Backup software to simplify, automate and personalize backup for both PC and Mac users.

The Apollo M100 and Expert M200 portable hard drives are available immediately. The Apollo Expert D200 and D300 external hard drives will be available in October. Prices range from $79.99 MSRP to $219.99 MSRP depending on drive capacity and data-transfer speed.

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Imation Apollo D300 pairs 2TB of storage with USB 3.0 connection for $220