Dell PowerVault RD1000 Removable Disk Storage

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Tough and portable

  • Featured at $3,198.00*
From $103 / month*

The Dell™ PowerVault™ removable disk storage combines the speed of a hard disk with the portability of optical media for quick, easy and affordable backups.

  • Low-cost alternative to entry-level tape backup
  • 8X faster backups compared to DAT 72
  • Shock-proof cartridges provide added reliability
  • Drag and drop functionality make backup and restore easy 
  • Software included for easily scheduled backups

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Removable Disk Drive vs. Other Storage

Removable Disk Drive vs. Other Storage

The benefits of using a high-capacity, removable disk drive and accompanying cartridge like the Dell PowerVault RD1000 are evident when compared to alternative backup media. Rugged, removable disk media offers increased portability and durability over standard USB-based hard drive storage. The PowerVault RD1000 cartridges are built to withstand a fall from nearly one meter so they are very durable, plus the removable disk cartridges are small and lightweight and can be stored offsite for better disaster recovery protection. The PowerVault RD1000 provides easy expandability, when you reach capacity with one removable disk cartridge, just insert in a new one. There's no need to buy additional hardware. Plus the PowerVault RD1000 includes Symantec Backup Exec Quickstart software that provides data protection for faster data restores and reduced downtime.

The PowerVault RD1000 features a protective disk drive cartridge that is available in 160GB*, 320GB* , 500GB* ,640GB* and 1TB* capacities. The RD removable disk cartridges are all interchangeable and preformatted. Archiving a collection of PowerVault RD1000 disk cartridges takes considerably less room than a similar amount of DVDs or CDs - it would take 36 standard DVDs to hold the volume of a single 320GB2 removable disk cartridge - all while saving shelf space.

Symantec Backup Exec Quickstart included with the PowerVault RD1000 provides easy-to-use, backup and disaster recovery capabilities to protect files, as well as all user data to help provide faster restores and reduced downtime.

Compare PowerVault RD1000 to alternative storage options:

Storage Product

PowerVault RD1000 Removable Disk Backup

Competitor Removable Disk Backup

Removable Disk Drive Storage

External Hard Drive

DLTVS160 Tape Drive

DAT72 Tape Drive

Travan 40 Tape Drive


Removable Disk Drive

Removable Disk Drive

Removable Hard Disk Drive

External HD Drive

Tape Drive

Tape Drive

Tape Drive

Acquisition Cost*

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Additional Media Cost per 160GB*



Capacities Available

160GB*, 320GB*, 500GB*, 640GB* ,

40GB*, 80GB*, 120GB*, 160GB*






Transfer Rate

30 MB/s

30 MB/s

30 MB/s

41 MB/s

8 MB/s

3.6 MB/s

4 MB/s

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Form Factors

Internal, External or Rack Mount

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External only

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Available Interface




USB and Firewire

SCSI only



Acquisition Cost
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Media Cost per 80 GB
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*Price references as of March 5th, 2007. Acquisition Cost for an equivalent 80G solution.
Intuitive Management

Intuitive Management

  • The PowerVault RD1000 provides FileKeeper Pro XE software for transparent, “always-on” continuous data protection of your user data and a complete backup of all of your system data. This easy-to-use software includes continuous data protection for Windows user data (and near continuous protection for open files), bare metal disaster recovery on all compatible Dell PowerEdge server and Dell Workstations operating systems. It includes the ability to boot directly from the PowerVault RD1000, simple cartridge management, Windows right-click menu integration enabling easy file recovery of unlimited file versions and version rollback. Protecting all your data is as simple as “plug it in, leave it in and leave it on.” Additional options available for Exchange and SQL provide even further data recovery protection for easier, faster restores and reduced downtime.
  • Simply plug in the PowerVault RD1000 to an available USB port on your workstation or server, and you'll have access to storage straight from the desktop. In order to backup your critical information, simply drag files over to the PowerVault RD1000 drive letter. Files or folders are saved to the removable disk drive automatically, and you can recover or run applications in the same way - straight from the hard drive.

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Hard Drive Speed and Reliability

Hard Drive Speed and Reliability

The PowerVault RD1000 removable disk cartridge contains a SATA II hard drive, the same technology that Dell uses across the PowerVault™ disk storage line, the PowerEdge™ server line, and the Dell Precision™ Workstations (external drive). SATA II hard drive technology is a reliable, industry-standard for storage, and an ideal long-term and durable media. Files transfer to the PowerVault RD1000 at about the same time it would take to save to your regular PC drive, up to 30MB/sec - much faster than backing up to standard tape, and without the hassle of swapping out media due to capacity constraints.
Tough and Compact Form

Tough and compact form

The PowerVault RD1000 functions lying flat or on its edge. Its compact profile takes up very little space on a desk or close to your server, allowing a backup solution that doesn't require rethinking your office arrangement. The removable disk cartridge is designed for durability and easily fits into a briefcase, backpack or even a coat pocket. The PowerVault RD1000's simple plug-and-play USB connection allows you to back up more than one system, or move it from home to office as you need. Each removable disk drive cartridge weighs about as much as a cell phone and is only slightly larger.

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