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WiebeTech Launches Storage Devices

FireWire 800 Pocket Drive adds to portable lineup By Dave Nagel
WiebeTech has announced several new products in its various storage lines. These include a FireWire 800 Pocket Drive; a write-blocked storage system; a serial ATA dock; and FireWire and USB encrypted storage enclosures. Most will be available this month with support for Macintosh and Windows systems.

The MicroGB800 is WiebeTech's new FireWire 800-based Pocket Drive. The new model is a modified version of the MicroGB+ line of portable drives and offers dual FireWire 800 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. The device measures 5" x 3" x 0.6" and weighs less than 6 ounces with drive. An AC adapter is included, though the drive can also be powered through the FireWire bus. Models include:

  • 20 GB, 5,400 RPM, $259.95;
  • 40 GB, 5,400 RPM, $329.95;
  • 60 GB, 5,400 RPM, $459.95;
  • 60 GB, 7,200 RPM, $529.95;
  • 80 GB, 4,200 RPM, $489.95.

All of the new MicroGB800 models are expected to be available July 22.

WiebeTech has also introduced a new serial ATA dock called the SATADock, along with a serial ATA PCI host card. The SATADock is designed to allow users to transfer data from IDE drives to Apple's upcoming G5 machines. (The host card provides Windows compatibility for internal and external serial ATA drives.) The dock supports ATA-5 and ATA-6 and converts standard IDE drives into serial ATA devices, providing higher raw data transfer rates with plug and play operation on Apple G5 computers. The dock will be available later this month for $119.95 ($139.95 with power supply). The serial ATA PCI host card is available now for $39.95.

The company has also launched new encrypted storage and write-blocked storage devices. Details are available on WiebeTech's Web site. 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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