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FirewireDirect Boosts RAID Offerings

Models get higher capacities, CD and DVD authoring options By Dave Nagel
FirewireDirect has announced several new offerings in its lineup of multi-drive FireWire storage devices for creative professionals. These include increased capacities for the company's two-, four- and eight-bay RAIDs, along with the ability to integrate removable media drives, such as DVD and CD burners, into the mix.

The improvements come to the company's pithily appellated HSB Series II Professional External FireWire Storage/RAID Cluster System. The HSB Series II has been re-released with support for higher-capacity hard drives , offering a total capacity as high as 2 TB with two, four or eight 250 GB hard drives. It also gains faster faster FireWire components, including a new Oxford 911 bridge board.

The HSB Series II is available also in alternate configurations that can combine fixed and removable media in the systems' hot-swappable bays. For example, the four-bay configuration can include three 250 GB hard drives along with a Pioneer 105 DVD-R/CD-R drive for combining RAID storage and DVD authoring capabilities into a single unit.

Prices on the new systems vary widely. A two-bay bare enclosure runs $299, while a fully configured 2 TB, eight-bay system sells for $3,799. A four-bay system with 750 GB storage and a Pioneer 105 DVD-R/CD-R drive sells for $1,769. A full list of prices and configurations is available at the company's Web site. All of the HSB Series II models are compatible with Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows and come with software for setting up RAID-0 and RAID-1 configurations. 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, Mac OS, 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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