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NEWS AUGUST 9, 2000
MCE Comes Out with Two High-Capacity Drives for PowerBooks

Media bay expansion drives hit 20 GB, 30 GB

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Mac Components Engineered announced today two new hard drives designed for the media expansion bays in Apple's current PowerBook lineup. The Xcaret Pro-99 Media Bay Hard Drive is designed for the currently shipping 500 MHz and 400 MHz Apple PowerBook, as well as the previous generation 400 MHz and 333 MHz Apple PowerBook G3.

The company is also releasing a version of the expansion bay drive for the older PowerBooks (300 MHz, 292 MHz, 266 MHz, 250 MHz and 233 MHz). The drive for the older models is called Xcaret Pro Media Bay Hard Drive.

Both versions of the drive are available in 20 GB and 30 GB capacities. The drives are geared toward multimedia production and can suspend background maintenance tasks while large file transfers are taking place, according to the company. The company also claims that this feature "virtually eliminates problems with dropped frames—a top concern for digital video users."

Both drives have started shipping in limited quantities. MCE says the drives will be shipping in volume by Sept. 1. The Xcaret Pro-99 drives will work in the right expansion bay of current PowerBooks. The Xcaret Pro will work in the right or left bay of the older PowerBooks. The 20 GB version will sell for $599, while the 30 GB version will sell for $699. This price includes the Xcaret Pro media bay hard drive and a protective carrying case. Both models carry a one-year warranty. No extra drivers or other software are needed. For more information, visit http://www.powerbook1.com.

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