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Evergreen Ships 1394/USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive

Gives High Speed Portable Storage to PC and Mac Users (December 17, 2001)
Pocket Drive from EvergreenEvergreen Technologies, Inc. today announced fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrives capable of delivering 40GB of high speed external data storage. PC and Mac users can quickly add fast storage to any desktop or laptop by plugging the drive into an available 1394 or USB (either 1.1 or the new 2.0 standard) port. For users without these connections, Evergreen offers a complete array of 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity cards for desktop and laptop systems.

Evergreen's fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive has a light weight, compact 2.5" case that fits in a pocket, making it good for users on the go who frequently back up dense amounts of data, and who need to share data between multiple systems quickly. With both PC and Mac compatibility, it can also be used to transfer data between the two environments. Like the original 1394 data transmission standard, new USB 2.0 also supports hot swapping (plugging devices in and out without powering down the host system), daisy chaining of devices and power transmission from the host system. The 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive is supported by Windows 98SE or higher or Mac OS 8.6 or higher. It comes with an illustrated installation guide, 1394 and USB 2.0 device drivers (1394 digital video camera drivers needed for Windows 98SE/ME only), 1394 and USB cables, a 5V power supply and a one year warranty.

Pricing of fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive:

10GB Capacity $259.99(list) $199.99(direct web purchase)

20GB Capacity $329.99(list) $249.99(direct web purchase)

30GB Capacity $399.99(list) $299.99(direct web purchase)

40GB Capacity $529.99(list) $399.99(direct web purchase)

Besides the new fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive, which is very compact, Evergreen continues to offer fireLINE 1394 External HotDrives in the more standard 5.5" case size. Users can obtain up to 100 GB of additional storage capacity, and each HotDrive comes with one 6 Pin to 6 Pin 1394 cable. Evergreen also provides a HotDrive kit for customers who already have an external drive but want to convert it to IEEE 1394.

Pricing of fireLINE 1394 HotDrives and HotDrive Kit:

40GB Capacity $259.99(list) $199.99(direct web purchase)

60GB Capacity $329.99(list) $249.99(direct web purchase)

80GB Capacity $399.99(list) $299.99(direct web purchase)

100GB Capacity $529.99(list) $399.99(direct web purchase)

HotDrive Kit $104.99(list) $79.99(direct web purchase)

1394 (FireWire) has become the industry standard for digital multi-media devices, as it enables transfer speeds up to 400 Mbps, provides power to the connected device and offers hot-swap and plug-n-play convenience. The new USB 2.0 standard enables data transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps and is backwardly compatible with the initial USB 1.1 standard, providing speeds up to 12 Mbps. USB has long been the communication standard of choice for office peripherals like printers, scanners and faxes. Connectivity between systems and both 1394 and USB peripherals is supported by Windows 98SE or higher (including the new Windows XP operating system), and Mac OS 8.6 or higher.

Availability and Support:
The Evergreen fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 product line is available through national distributors, retailers, PC mail order catalogs and directly from Evergreen's Web site. These product lines are covered by a one-year warranty, and technical support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST. For more information, visit

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Related Keywords:DV Format, Evergreen Technologies, Inc., fireLINE 1394, USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrives, 40GB, high speed external data storage, PC, Mac users

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