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Addonics Announces Saturn Hard Drive Enclosure Family

Brings mobility and compatibility to SATA and IDE hard drives (February 03, 2005)

Addonics Technologies today announced the Saturn Hard Drive Enclosure family of products, the first drive enclosure kit that enables any SATA hard drive to connect to a computer via USB, Firewire, CardBus/PCMCIA, SATA or IDE interface. Saturn is also the first storage solution that allows any 3.5 SATA hard drive, or 3.5, 2.5 or 1.8 IDE hard drive to be used as removable drive via the same drive bay in a Mobile Rack application.

Designed on a modular concept, the Saturn hard drive enclosure components can be mixed and matched to meet practically any storage application. Since all Saturn components are interchangeable, users can mix components for specialized applications. Saturn Hard Drive kit enables users to read/write to their hard drive with practically any computing device, both legacy and new systems as well as provide desktop and mobile use.

Common configurations in the Saturn Drive Enclosure kits include:

Saturn ExDrive (SED) -- An external hard drive solution using a SATA or IDE hard drive. The Saturn ExDrive enclosure is designed with Addonics USIB connector to enable either SATA or IDE hard drives to connect to various interfaces by attaching different USIB interface cables. Each ExDrive package comes with one Addonics USIB interface cable and an 110/220V AC/DC power adapter. The enclosure can be expanded into a Combo Hard Drive or Drive Cartridge system with the optional IDE Drive Cradle or USIB Drive Cradle.

Saturn Mobile Rack (SMR) A removable hard drive storage solution via an IDE Drive Cradle mounted inside a 5 1/4" drive bay. Either SATA or IDE hard drives can be installed or removed from the same Drive Cradle as a removable hard drive.

Saturn Combo Hard Drive (SCHD) Combines the features of the Saturn ExDrive and Mobile Rack. The Drive enclosure, when removed from the Drive Cradle, can be used as an external hard drive system using one of the Addonics USIB interface cables and the power adapter that are included in each package.

Saturn Drive Cartridge System (SDCS) -- The Saturn SDCS configuration adds a hot swappable removable hard drive system inside a 5 1/4" drive bay via USB, SATA or Firewire interface with the included USIB interface cable in each package. External installation is supported with the optional power adapter and optional USIB interface cable. This is the most complete installation with room to expand as well as the option to change interfaces as needed.

All Addonics Saturn Hard Drive kits include the necessary components and hardware for users to install their own choice of hard drive. An optional kit is available for installing a 2.5 inch or 1.8 inch IDE hard drive in the same enclosure. SATA as well as IDE hard drives can also be interchanged in any system via the same 5 -inch drive bay. The Saturn enclosure and cradle systems are designed with direct point-to-point connection from the hard drive to the enclosure and the drive cradles for the most reliable connection.

Almost any level of user can configure the Saturn Drive Cartridge system. No switches or jumpers or special format utility software is required to prepare the hard drive, or for switching between internal/external use once the drive is installed. Addonics Saturn Hard Drive kits can be installed in systems with practically any operating system depending on the type of interface connection.

List price of the Addonics Saturn Drive Cartridge kit starts from $74.50 for the Saturn ExDrive (SED) for SATA hard drives with USB 2.0 interface to $79 for the Saturn Drive Cartridge System (SDCS) with hot swappable removable IDE hard drive capabilities.

Addonics products are available through the company online store, major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including,, PC Connection, CDW,,, Insight, and Ingram Micro.

About Addonics Technologies
Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external and mobile storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 2466 Kruse Drive, San Jose, CA 95131, Phone: 408-433-3899.

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