Dell PowerVault RD1000

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Quick protection of all your important information. Designed as a sensible, affordable alternative to tape and CD/DVD backup, the PowerVault RD1000 is fast, user-friendly and reliable.

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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PowerVault RD1000

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 off-site 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 320GB*, 500GB*, 750GB* 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 34 standard DVDs to hold the volume of a single 300GB 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
Description Removable Disk DriveRemovable Disk DriveRemovable Hard Disk DriveExternal HD DriveTape DriveTape DriveTape Drive
Acquisition Cost* ***********************
Additional Media Cost per 160GB*#######NA####
Capacities Available 320GB*, 500GB*,
40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB35GB, 70GB80GB    80GB36GB40GB
Transfer Rate 30 MB/s30 MB/s30 MB/s41 MB/s8 MB/s3.6 MB/s4 MB/s
Removable Media? YesYesYesNoYesYesYes
Form Factors Internal or ExternalInternal or ExternalInternal or ExternalExternal onlyInternal or ExternalInternal or ExternalInternal or External
Available Interface SATA and USBSATA and USBSATA, SCSI, USB, Firewire, ATAPIUSB and FirewireSCSI onlyUSB and SATAUSB and ATAPI
Acquisition Cost
* = Under $249
** = $250-$449
*** = $450-$649
**** = $650-$849
***** = Over $850
Media Cost per 80 GB
# = Under $50
## = $51-150
### = Above $150

*Price references as of March 5th, 2007. Acquisition Cost for an equivalent 80G solution.

Intuitive Management

The PowerVault RD1000 provides Symantec Backup Exec Quickstart software for a complete backup of all of your system data. This easy-to-use software includes backup protection for Windows user and bare metal disaster recovery on all compatible Dell PowerEdge server and Dell Workstations.

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.
Hard Drive Speed and Reliability

Hard drive speed and reliability

The PowerVault™ RD1000 removable disk cartridge contains a Serial ATA (SATA) II hard drive, the same technology that Dell uses across the PowerVault disk storage line, PowerEdge™ server line and 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 PowerVault RD1000 at about the same time it would take to save to your regular PC drive, up to 80MB/sec.

Cartridge Drop Test:
RD1000 cartridges have been qualified to withstand a drop of one meter to a tile over concrete floor. In most cases the RD1000 cartridges can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters.
The PowerVault RD1000 functions lying flat or on edge, and its compact profile takes up very little space on a desk, or close t

Tough and Compact Form

The PowerVault RD1000 functions lying flat or on its edge, and 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 backup 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 mobile phone, and is only slightly larger.
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