SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's competitive product design industry, manufacturers are scrambling to come up with fresh ideas and new looks for their products. Apricorn, a leading manufacturer of notebook computer storage products, today released the latest version of EZ-GIG(TM), the company's award-winning data transfer utility kit for notebook computers. This new version now functions not only as an effective hard drive upgrade tool, but as a backup storage drive and an external storage hard drive, all bundled in one sleek, compact design. This new 3-in-1 data transfer and storage solution for notebooks is now easier to use and is compatible with all major laptop models, as well as all Windows operating systems. EZ-GIG utilizes the PCMCIA slot and installs itself automatically, with no configuration needed. With the new 3-in-1 version, users can not only transfer data in under 10 minutes, but they can now utilize EZ-GIG as a back-up storage device and use the product as an external hard drive. All three of these functions come together in an attractive and compact external case. EZ-GIG was the first utility kit that allowed users to make an exact mirror copy of their notebook's internal hard drive to a new, larger-capacity drive, in less than 10 minutes. The product provides a direct connection to the new hard drive through a PC Card interface and Apricorn's proprietary utility software. With the click of a mouse, EZ-GIG transfers the operating system and all of the data, files and applications to the new hard drive. The new drive is then installed and the system boots exactly as before -- no reinstallation or reconfiguration is necessary. "In this extremely competitive market, it is important for manufacturers to continue to produce an appealing product for their customers," said Paul Brown, president of Apricorn. "We are very excited about the new EZ-GIG and are pleased to announce that we have expanded and improved upon an already successful and effective product." Pricing and Availability EZ-GIG is available now through Ingram Micro, Inc., the industry's largest distributor of microcomputer products, and through authorized Apricorn resellers, including Propeller Computer Products, CDW, Creative Computers, Insight, Multiple Zones, and Micro Warehouse. Prices for the new 3-in-1 EZ-GIG Solution, including hard drive, begin at $329 SRP, and vary according to drive size and portable manufacturer and model. In addition, Apricorn offers a variety of configuration and licensing options. Specifications EZ-GIG software supports the following operating systems: MS-DOS(R), Windows(R) 3.X, Windows(R) 95 or higher (including Windows(R) 98), Windows NT(R), OS/2, and Mac OS(TM). EZ-GIG also supports all multiple OS scenarios including NT dual boot, OS/2 dual boot, OS/2 Boot Manager and all other popular boot selection programs. In addition, the EZ-GIG recognizes and properly transfers all special notebook partitions such as SystemSoft suspend partitions, Phoenix Miser partitions, AMI BIOS suspend partitions and Compaq Armada setup partitions. Toll-free technical support is available for all Apricorn products from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and via the Apricorn Tech Support Web Page. About Apricorn Apricorn Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, specializes in portable computing storage products, and has been at the forefront of developing new computer product enhancements and add-ons for nearly 15 years. Apricorn has maintained its leadership position by consistently being the first to market with reliable, high-capacity memory modules for new notebook computers. The product line currently includes over 150 different memory expansion products for every popular notebook computer from today's leading manufacturers. Apricorn's EZ-GIG recently won a WIN100 award from WINDOWS Magazine, and has been officially approved by such notebook makers as Fujitsu, Dell, Toshiba, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Apple and IBM. Contact Apricorn at 800-458-5448, or 619-513-2000, or at www.apricorn.com. NOTE: All product names are trademarks of their respective companies.