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Sophisticated Storage for Savvy Snapshots

Introducing the New ToughTech™ Duo

Vancouver, WA — February 9, 2011 — Sleek and sophisticated may not be the average consumer’s initial thought regarding hard drives, but CRU-DataPort’s engineering ingenuity has changed the playing field with ToughTech Duo. This high performance RAID portable storage system works with two 2.5" notebook drives or solid state drives to back-up and store data. Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo maximizes storage in a mini footprint (3.5” x 6.26” x 1.34” or 89mm x 159mm x 34mm) to ensure data integrity and protect digital assets. ToughTech Duo guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive.

Innovative features abound with ToughTech Duo including front-accessibility with removable trays to swap drives and a smart LCD menu to monitor drive health and to configure RAID mode. ToughTech Duo boasts a passive thermal design using all-aluminum material for optimal heat dissipation, which requires no fans thus making the unit ultra quiet. Connecting to any host computer via FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and eSATA provides flexibility, while the eSATA interface option offers the fastest transfer rates. ToughTech Duo also supports bus power with an included FireWire cable. Shipping with a multi-country compatible AC power supply makes international use very convenient. A standard Kensington security slot is integrated for a lock to prevent theft. Unique trays make swapping drives easy and safe without tools. This is beneficial when ejecting a drive to send to a colleague or when replacing both drives to access a 2nd RAID set. Alternatively, secure the drives with provided screws in extreme environments where additional stability is needed. ToughTech Duo was designed for easy access - swapping drives will not void the warranty.

Literally going to the ends of the earth on assignments, my equipment has to be 100% reliable; there is no room for error. The Tough Tech Duo is my new “go to” device for backing up my critical photo files, as I can’t afford to have failure in protecting these images. The ability to minimize my need to find power outlets, the Bus powered capability is an awesome & invaluable feature. Add the Duo’s incredible speed in moving files, it allows me to go back to what I do-shoot. - Jay Dickman, National Geographic veteran photographer

A perfectly portable storage system for photographers, ToughTech Duo also serves as an optimal mobile data acquisition solution for insurance adjusters and appraisers in the field and as a back-up tool for small business professionals or home office owners to secure financial records, medical files and other critical data. To see our newest digital storage solutions for safeguarding data in each phase of digital asset workflow, please visit us in booth # 1457 at WPPI in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV February 21-23, 2011. For a chance to win the new ToughTech Duo or RTX220-QR portable storage enclosure, please submit photos to the CRU-WiebeTech photo contest at ToughTech Duo is available through CRU resellers starting at $499.00 SRP. Remove the drive – Reload the tray – Rebuild the RAID!

About CRU-DataPort
Founded in 1986, CRU-DataPort is a pioneer in data security and data mobility devices. The company's flagship DataPort®, along with Data Express® and RhinoJR® (formerly manufactured by StorCase), and WiebeTechTM product brands of removable and external hard drive enclosures are the de facto standard for physical data security and safe data transporting in government, education and business markets. CRU-DataPort products are also widely used in media rich data environments including audio/video production, digital cinema, video security capture, and disk-2-disk backup and archiving applications. CRU-DataPort products are available through major distributors, PC manufacturers, specialty system builders and resellers globally.