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 FireWire HotSwap Storage Systems  



Overview - Video capable swapable storage now in FW 800!

Price: $259 FW 400
         $309 FW 800

Platform: Mac / Windows

Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours

Requirements: OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 bus card, IDE/ATA Hard disk drive

Warranty: One year parts and labor.**

The day has arrived...FireWire 800 is now available in a hotswap version. These new enclosures have an improved slot system for easier operation. If you're a digital video or media creator, a day will come when your hard drive storage systems max out. Those days are over. DVvideo.com brings to you the ultimate solution for any media creator, the DVvideo.com FireWire HotSwap Enclosure.

Now when you run out of space, use the HotSwap system to simply swap in another standard IDE hard drive in a matter of seconds. The HotSwap enclosure connects to your computer using FireWire(AKA iLink, IEEE1394), the same connection used to attach your DV video camera.

With the HotSwap system you don't have to sacrifice performance for convenience. Use one drive to carry a video project. When the drive fills up, simply buy another tray (for $29) and swap in another drive for another project. Incorporating the 3rd Generation backing, these enclosures don't slack when it comes to performance. The HotSwap enclosure achieves a blazing fast 35 MB/s transfer rate in real world tests and 76 MB/s in the FW 800 version, because it uses some of the same technology found in the DVvideo.com Premium Hard Drive Enclosure. Never before has this much speed been combined with this much convenience at a price that is affordable.

Set up is easy: plug the enclosure into your computer, pop in almost any IDE hard drive into the tray, slide the tray into the enclosure, and turn the key. A neon indicator ensures that the drive is installed properly. That's it. Our enclosures autoconfigure the drive, so there is no need to mess around with the jumper settings. It doesn't get any easier than this. To view our Easy 5 step HotSwap setup diagram, click here.

For superior chipsets, firmware, and construction, there's only one choice, DVvideo.com.

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Your data is important, so why trust it to cheap enclosure? DVvideo.com's line of FireWire enclosures are built to be premium enclosures that can't be beat. Not only are they the fastest FireWire enclosures on the market, they also use higher quality components. Here are some of the things that set DVvideo.com HotSwap enclosure apart.

HotSwap System
DVvideo.com FireWire enclosures are equipped with three fan cooling system.

Triple Fan System
DVvideo.com FireWire enclosures are equipped with three fan cooling system. This helps the hard drives remain cooler. When your hard drive runs cooler it can last longer and run faster.

Speed
Our engineers constantly test and tweak the enclosure systems to race towards having the fastest and most reliable enclosures on the market. The results? Using the second generation chips, DVvideo.com Hard Drive enclosures scream along at a 35MB/s sustained transfer rate*. The bridge board we designed, and the chips we use allow us to achieve speeds faster than any other competing enclosure. Don't be stuck with a FireWire enclosure that crawls along at 15 MB/s transfer rate, use an enclosure that achieves speeds FireWire was designed for.

Price
Instead of buying additional enclosures, the HotSwap system allows you to purchase additional trays for swapping in and out hard drives. With trays priced at $29, you will see immediate savings.

 Specifications

Dimensions: 2.5”H x 8”W x 10.5”D, 7 LBS
Power Supply:
115/230 vac 50-60 Hz, 55 watts universal input
Data Transfer Rate: Up to 40 MB/s in FW 400 version and 80 MB/s in FW 800 version
Compatibility: IEEE 1394-1995 and 1394A, IDE Ultra ATA 100 Bus
OS Compatibility:
Macintosh standard drive support. Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, 2000 Server.
Cable Limitations: 4.5 meters with standard cables, 10 meters with DVvideo.com Premium cables.

 

*Speed tests performed on G4 733 using a IBM GXP mechanism. Speeds may be slower if a slower hard drive or computer system is being used. Having additional peripherals on the same fire wire bus chain may reduce performance speeds as well.
**Warranty, Support provided by Relax Technology.

 Why should I buy a FireWire enclosure?

If you are doing video editing, you need unlimited fast storage. With DV video sucking up 3.6 MB per second, your hard drive storage space can become limited very fast. Just capturing 10 minutes of video would take up about 2.1 Gigs of storage. If you wanted to add a filter to your video, you would need another 2.1 Gigs to render the file out. That means you would need a total of 4.2 Gigs of storage to edit 10 minutes of video. As you can see, even if you are a novice video editor, there is a need for additional affordable storage that is fast enough to handle video. Luckily there is.

FireWire is not just for hooking up DV video cameras, it can also be used to hook up Hard Drives with plug and play ease. In the past, the FireWire enclosures could only maintain speeds that were barely fast enough for video. Compared to the internal hard drive inside your computer, these speeds are very slow. Additionally, because there are so many opportunities for data interruptions, frames of video could be dropped because the hard drive enclosure couldn't maintain the speed that was necessary to capture all the frames of video. Speed is important. Finally, it is available in a FireWire solution. The new DVvideo.com Hard Drive Enclosures run at a sustained 35 MB/s. At these speeds, you can capture and transfer video with ease.

 How easy is it to install?

It's easier then you think. For the five step illustrated instructions click here. In the event that your computer is so old that it doesn't already have the standard drivers to support the drive, we have an easy to use installer included with the enclosure for both Mac and PC. If you still have problems, simply call 510.471.6442 and ask the operator to transfer you to technical support.

 How good is the support?

Our support is excellent. Simply click on the support link. Once there, you will find software updates, answers and explanation to problems, as well as a phone number in the event that your problem is not solved. We take customer service very seriously. Unlike many other online companies, every technical support call is given the same priority as a sales call. Our manufacturing and support partner, Relax Systems, is a strong and established company that has been in the external storage business for 20 years. You can feel confident in buying these products because they are backed by a strong company.

 Why do these products blow the competition away?

To date, no true FireWire storage products exist for consumers. What has been available in the past is an IDE hard drive that has been thrown into a box with an IDE to FireWire converter called a bridge.

A product can only go as fast as the slowest part. The bottle neck has been in the bridge, slowing the transfer rate to a crawling 15MB/s per second.

15MB/s is much faster than an external USB drive, but when compared to an Internal IDE drive or UltraSCSI, it is quite slow.

These new second generation bridges have significantly changed the bottleneck. The new drives can obtain a sustained 35MB/s transfer rate! And because these boxes are one of the first drives to use the new bridges, it will be hard to find these speeds anywhere else. The drives are easy to set up, faster than the competition, and cheaper than SCSI solutions.

 What drive do you recommend for the enclosure?

Currently, we recommend the Hitachi series drives. In our experience, these drives have proven to be the most reliable and have achieved the maximum performance. With a three year warranty, high speeds, and the lowest failure rate, the Hitachi drives are very hard to beat. However, any ATA/IDE drive will work.

 What's included?

One DVvideo.com External FireWire HotSwap Enclosure Kit
One Hotswap tray

One Power Cord
Free 3 ft. 6 pin FIREVue™ Gold Diagnostics Cable ($29 dollar value)
Charismac Software for Macintosh

(Just add a drive!)

 

 

 

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