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OWC Bundles HD SpeedTools

Utility improves performance 20 percent By Dave Nagel
Other World Computing says its Mercury FireWire drives will ship with a free copy of Intech's Hard Drive SpeedTools 3.5 beginning today. HD SpeedTools is a hard drive management utility for the Macintosh.

The software accelerates OWC's Mercury FireWire drives' performance drives by as much as 20 percent, according to the company. With SpeedTools, several of OWC's Mercury FireWire models are now able to provide sustained data transfer rates of more than 40 MB per second.

SpeedTools is compatible with Mac OS 7.0 through 9.2.x. SpeedTools version 3.5 also introduces two new utilities, Integrity X and QuickBench X, which are designed exclusively for Mac OS X.

SpeedTools combines disk configuration capabilities with testing features, including built-in "Precision Driver" technology that will automatically build a custom-device driver for individual Macintosh models and operating systems. SpeedTools 3.5 fully supports all ATA and SCSI disk storage devices, including testing and benchmarking capabilities.

OWC offers a variety of FireWire storage drives, including the company's portable On The Go drives, which range from 20 GB to 60 GB, and its Mercury and Mercury Elite Pro models, which offer speeds of 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM, respectively, and range in size from 20 GB to 160 GB.

OWC customers that have purchased OWC Mercury FireWire drives within the last 90 days can buy SpeedTools for $10. For more information, visit http;// or

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 [email protected].

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