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EZQuest To Ship Cobra+ FireWire 800 Drive

External model will be available in capacities up to 250 GB By Dave Nagel
EZQuest has announced new models in its line of Cobra+ external hard drives. The new versions of the drives will include both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces. They're expected to ship by the end of April for Macintosh and Windows.

The new Cobra+ drives incorporate the new FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) standard, which offers data transfer speeds of 800 megabits per second, twice the speed of the previous generation of FireWire. The drives also include USB 2.0 connections, which offer transfer speeds up to 480 megabits per second.

The new Cobra+ models will be available in capacities up to 250 GB. However, EZQuest says it will continue selling the units with FireWire 400 connections for those who do not yet have USB 2.0 or FireWire 800 capabilities on their systems. The older models will continue to be available in capacities of 40 GB to 120 GB.

According to EZQuest, the Cobra+ drives are stackable and include Hard Disk Speed Tools, a RAID-0 striping utility for Macintosh. The drives are also compatible with the striping software included with various systems, including Windows 2000. The company has not yet announced pricing for the new models. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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