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July 19
VST Announces New FireWire Drives, RAID Controller
Full-height FireWire drives now reach 75 GB; RAID controller supports internal ATA/66

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

SmartDisk has announced new versions of its full-height VST FireWire hard drives, featuring increased capacities, greater performance and lower prices. The new products include the full-height series of VST FireWire hard drives in 20 GB, 30 GB, 45 GB and 75 GB capacities, an increase in size from previous versions, which had a maximum capacity of 37 GB.

Performance of the new drives has improved from 16 MB per second to 24 MB per second. All four models use IBM's 7200 RPM 75 GXP DeskStar series of hard drive mechanisms. They are compatible with all FireWire-equipped Macintosh computers. They're also compatible with VST FireRAID Software, which allows users to create larger high-performance volumes using RAID levels 0 (striping) and 1 (mirroring). The 20 GB FireWire drive costs $499.95; The 30 GB drive costs $599.95; the 45 GB drive costs $699.95; and the 75 GB drive goes for $1,099.95. All the new drives are available now.

The company has also announced the new VST UltraTek/66 ATA RAID Controller. SmartDisk is demonstrating the VST UltraTek/66 ATA RAID Controller in its VST booth (No. 841) at Macworld Expo now in New York.

The VST UltraTek/66 is capable of increasing storage and data transfer by 300 percent. It provides more than 60 MB per second sustained RD transfer rates and more than 45 MB per second sustained WR. The UltraTek/66 card can be installed by running the SoftRAID Installer, attaching the UltraTek/66 in a PCI slot and linking the cables provided in the package to the drives. SoftRAID provides RAID levels 0 and 1 (striping and mirroring) simultaneously. Striping provides increased capacity and performance, while mirroring provides redundancy with duplicate data on separate drive mechanisms. Pricing and

The VST UltraTek/66 is available immediately for $199. It includes the UltraTek/66 ATA controller, SoftRAID software by SoftRAID LLC two 80-wire/40-pin ATA cables and power cables. Packages bundled with 60 GB, 90 GB and 150 GB are also available. Now For more information, visit http://www.vsttech.com.

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