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ADS Tech Mini Drive Ideal For Mac Home Entertainment Centers

Drive kit converts user’s HDD to a hot-swappable USB 2.0 drive for instant, additional storage (November 01, 2005)

ADS Tech (, announced today that its new Mini Drive Kit, the latest addition to its award-winning line of USB products, will begin shipping in mid-November. With the Mini Drive kit, Mac users can quickly and easily increase their storage capacity — a key requirement for consumers who use their Mac mini or iMac 5 as a digital hub or home entertainment center. The plug-and-play device can also be used to back up files and to transfer files from one Mac computer to another.

Currently, up to 400GB of storage capacity can be added simply by plugging an IDE Ultra DMA 33/66 or ATA-100/133-compliant hard disk drive into the ADS Tech Native Bridge Board inside the drive kit's enclosure.

"Apple designed the latest Mac minis and iMac G5s to be digital entertainment hubs that look attractive in a living room and take up very little space," said Mike McCoy, ADS Tech President. "But as complete as these systems are, users are still going to run out of capacity when they start building their music, photo and video libraries; so they should start planning for external storage. With the Mini Drive Kit, users can purchase the drive kit and the drive that best meets their needs for about $100.00 less than a removable hard drive. The savings is even greater when a user's existing hard drive can be repurposed."

Designed with the same sleek look and feel of the Mac mini, the stackable ADS Tech's Mini Drive Kit also offers the same small form factor as the Mac mini — it is just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high. When plugged into the USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port of a computer, the Mini Drive Kit is instantly recognized, there’s no need to configure the drive or reboot the system.

By including ADS Tech’s Simple Touch Backup Button on the front of the drive kit, consumers can back up entire folders or selected files with a single click. Automatic backups can be scheduled by using the Intech utilities for PCs and Macs that are included with the drive kit.

ADS Tech's versatile USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit is externally powered with a power supply that provides both 5 and 12 volts to the drive. A lighted rear power toggle switch and a hard drive activity light are included to help users quickly determine drive access. To keep drives cool and ensure smooth, quiet operation for thousands of hours, a silent ball bearing fan with dual fan guards is included. For security, the Mini Drive Kit offers advanced micro-slot protection (to keep the drive from "walking away") and compatibility with both Anchor Pad and Kensington Locks.

Pricing, Availability
ADS Tech's new USB 2.0 Mini Hard Drive Kit can be used with Mac OS 9.x and OS X (all versions) systems as well as Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP systems. A Windows 2000 or XP system with USB 2.0 drivers from Microsoft is required for USB 2.0 speeds.

Available mid-November through ADS Tech's network of online and retail channels worldwide with estimated street price of US$59.99, the kit includes the USB 2.0 Drive Enclosure, a 6-foot USB 2.0 cable, a 5-Volt/12-volt Power Supply, a silent ball bearing cooling fan and a CD with Intech's Utilities for PC and Mac systems.

About ADS Technologies
ADS Technologies is a world leader in Universal Serial Bus and IEEE-1394/FireWire solutions. Since 1992, the company has introduced high-quality multimedia, networking and presentation products at consumer-friendly prices. The company’s award-winning USB product line includes eleven complimentary peripherals and its USB Port for Desktops is the world's best-selling USB PCI host card. PYRO 1394DV, the first consumer-priced digital video editing solution on the PC market, has been widely adopted by owners of digital video camcorders for its ease-of-use for first time DV editors, its functionality and its low cost.

ADS Technologies’ products are distributed by Ingram Micro in the United States, Canada and Europe. ADS Technologies’ products are available in nearly 3,000 consumer electronic and computer retail stores and through OEM private label customers around the world who market ADS Technologies products under their own brand name. ADS Germany, Central Europe can be reached at Phone: +49 (0) 8106 356 311, Fax: +49 (0) 8106 308 663. ADS France, Southern Europe can be reached at Tel: 04 43 90 19 20, Fax: 01 46 58 67 06.

For more information, visit or call 800.888.5244.


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