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- Credit card device smallest on market, simplifies backup

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Basingstoke, England - 19th November 2001 - Mountain Solutions, a specialist in backup devices, today launched the smallest ever backup solution for laptop computers. The credit card sized “Fire & Forget” unit, which slides into a standard PCMCIA slot in the computer, can store up to 5GB of data, uncompressed. The new device offers unrivalled ease of use says the company, with on-board ABS (Automated Backup System) software taking care of all backups from the host PC.

Available immediately, the Fire & Forget can be used to provide automated backup, additional storage capacity or to transfer data between mobile devices. The Fire & Forget uses a miniature hard disk to achieve high speed data transfer (up to 66 MB/second), easily capable of supporting streaming video and MP3 files, and fast enough to run applications direct.

ABS and Scheduler take care of backups

Where the Fire & Forget is used for PC backup, Mountain Solutions’ ABS (Automated Backup System) and Scheduler takes care of everything. The accompanying CD autoloads the software as the ABS unit is first inserted, prompting the user to choose a full backup or select particular data i.e. My Documents. Thereafter the system automatically scans data on the host PC, and only copies changed information. The scheduler may be set to perform backups at regular time. For example, My Documents on each backup and a full system backup once a week.

Two storage sizes are initially available, the 2GB, priced at £269 + VAT and a 5GB unit priced at £389 + VAT. The unit weighs 1.94oz (50g).

Windows CE and Mac support

Fire & Forget supports PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and Palmtops running Windows CE 3.0 with a PC-Card slot such as the Compaq iPaq Pocket PC and HP's Jornada, providing massive storage expansion. For example, backup MS Office and a PST file onto the Fire & Forget and access the files through your PDA.

In addition, support for Mac users is available. Powerbooks running OS8.6 and OS9 are compatible with Fire & Forget (OSX will be available shortly).

Desktop connectivity

For users requiring connection to a desktop PC, the Fire & Forget has an optional USB to PCMCIA convertor, priced at £69.95 + VAT. The converter may also be used with the ABSplus, Mountain Solution’s 6Gb-48Gb PCMCIA backup device.


Fire & Forget is compatible with Windows 95B/ 98/ Me/ 2000 and the newly released XP. Support for Windows CE (Windows for Pocket PC) as a storage expansion device is included.

Mountain Solutions is a specialist in hard drive upgrade solutions. The company is introducing a range of easy-to-use systems for portable and desktop computers, including Macintosh Computers. Already launched is the desktop USB unit with capacities up to 100GB, and the ABS with capacities up to 48GB. The company is a division of the Magellan Group plc, a specialist in production, marketing and distribution of IT products and services.


Peter Linton, Media Link
+44 (0) 118 984 3386

Allan Manners, Mountain Solutions
+44 (0) 1256 681 246

Technical and summary details

· Effortless System - Automatic Backup - No complex software, screws or cables

· Convenient - The Fire & Forget drive is a credit card sized PCMCIA device that is easily transported.

· Plug & Go - The Fire & Forget drive allows you to carry your data with you wherever you go, without your notebook computer. Simply plug the system into a compatible notebook and you're set to go!

· Multi-Purpose Use - Can be used for backup and/or as removable storage.

· Storage - 5GB Fire & Forget is equivalent to 3,500 floppy disks or 77 CDs.


~ Data Transfer

66.7 MB/s Ultra DMA

~ Average Seek time


~ Capacities

2GB and 5GB uncompressed

~ Power (Self-powered from PCMCIA)

2.0W at 5V

~ Dimensions

5 x 54 x 85.6mm (Credit Card size)

~ Durability

1000G Non; 200G Operating

~ Reliability

MTTF 300,000 hours

~ Weight

1.94oz (50g)

~ Warranty

1 year from date of purchase


~ Mountain Solutions 2.0GB Fire & Forget Unit; £269.00

~ Mountain Solutions 5.0GB Fire & Forget Unit; £389.00

~ Mountain Solutions PCMCIA - USB Convertor; £69.95

These prices are exclusive of VAT + Delivery

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