Iomega has released of a new generation of the its eGo Portable Hard Drive, featuring a redesigned look and a new suite of bundled data protection software.

The new USB 2.0-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive comes in variety of colours and capacities: the bright Ruby Red model is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities; the sparkling Silver model comes in 320GB; and the deep Midnight Blue model is available in 320GB. Some of the previous generation of models were available with FireWire interfaces as well as USB 2.0. Iomega says it will announced versions of the new range with multiple interfaces in June.

Inside an anodized aluminium shell little 16mm thicj and weighing less than 200g grams is a 2.5-inch hard drive. Iomega says it Drop Guard feature protects data on the new eGo drive from drops of up to 1.2MB. The new 500GB Iomega eGo BlackBelt USB 2.0, available in June, comes complete with a black eGo Power Grip Belt and Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme, which Iomaga says protects from drops of up to 2.1m.

All of the new USB 2.0 eGo drives receive power from a laptop or computer’s USB port so there’s no power supply to carry around. The USB 2.0 eGo drives ship with a 'Y' cable, so owners can to use two USB ports to power the drive, if needed.

The bundled Iomega Protection Suite includes a six-month subscription to the Windows version of McAfee VirusScan Plus, and backup software including Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect Express, Retrospec Express HD, and MozyHome for online backup.

The 320GB Ruby Red, Midnight Blue and Silver eGo models are around £65 plus VAT; the 500GB Ruby Red, Midnight Blue and Silver eGo models are £87 plus VAT. All of the new eGo models include a 3-year limited warranty,

Iomega has also launched two new accessories for the new USB-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive: a durable black carry case, and the Iomega Power Grip Belt (like the one on the eGo BlackBelt Drive), available in black and translucent colours.