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FirewireDirect Ships Spark 800 Drive

2.5-inch model offers FireWIre 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces By Dave Nagel
FirewireDirect.com has launched a new series of external hard drives called the Spark 800. The new line offers a dual interface design (FireWire 800 and USB 2.0) in a 2.5-inch chassis. It's available now for Macintosh and Windows systems.

The Spark 800 offers dual FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 port via the Oxford 922 FireWire/USB bridge. The new system features capacities ranging from 40 GB to 80 GB using 4,200, 5,400 or 7,200 RPM mechanisms. Performance varies with the configuration. The base 4,200 RPM 40 GB, 60 GB and 80 GB models ($299.95, $339.95 and $399.95, respectively) come with a 2 MB buffer and offer a 9.5 MS average seek time, 35 MB per second write speeds and 27 MB per second read speeds. The 5,400 RPM 80 GB model ($449.95) includes an 8 MB buffer and offers slightly faster read speeds of 28 MB per second. And the 7,200 RPM 60 GB model ($459.95) includes an 8 MB buffer and offers write speeds of 40 MB per second and read speeds of 35 MB per second.


The new drives each weigh in at 0.75 pounds and measure 4.9" x 2.9" x 0.5". They ship with InTech SpeedTools 3.5 with QuickBench and Integrity for Macintosh. No special software is required for installation on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X or Windows systems, and the drive is bootable on the Mac. It also includes a carrying case, AC adapter, FireWire 800-800 cable, FireWire 800-400 cable and USB 2.0 cable.

All of the configurations are available now with support for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. A bare enclosure is also available for $139.95. For more information, visit http://www.firewiredirect.com.


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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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