what a FireWire Enclosure Is
there is no true external FireWire hard drive made for consumers
to purchase. What is sold is a box that converts a standard IDE
hard drive signal (like you find inside every computer) to a FireWire
signal using a special chip. The drive connects to the chip using
a standard IDE connection and then the chip converts the signal
and then spits it out to a FireWire port.
LaCie and Maxtor both make FireWire enclosures pre-installed
with a hard drive. DVvideo.com let's you choose the hard drive.
This feature benefits you in three important areas: Price, Quality
and flexibility. The drives our competitors aren't the highest
performing drives on the market. We recommend using the IBM
180GXP 180 gig hard drive in our enclosures. This drive is faster
and has a higher reliability rating. And as new technology is
developed you are not stuck with an inferior drive. Simply take
out the old one and replace it with a new one.
Chip (a.k.a. bridge Board Chip)
We were the first to use the high speed oxford 911
chip by about 6 months. In that time our manufacturer developed
and refined their own firmware enabling our product to achieve
higher speeds, and more compatibility. Our products were the
first to be compatible with OS X and the first to be compatible
with ATA-6 drives with sizes larger than 137 gigabytes. Because
our firmware in the enclosure is up gradable, you can be sure
that as new technology developed our products will be there
to support it.
we released the FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Black box enclosure.
It incorporates the new Oxford 922 chip and includes 3 FireWire
800 ports. The new chip is so fast that it is no longer the
bottle neck of the performance with the ability to reach
speeds of 80 MB/s. But in real world tests, the drives will
perform at around 50 MB/s because currently that is the maximum
speed the most of the drives can reach.
Drives that don't get hot perform better and last longer. Our
enclosure contain a dual or triple fan cooling system. No other
enclosure on the market ensures that your drives stay cool like
ours do. The enclosures are durable with an ABS plastic exterior
covering an steel frame inside. Our cable don't break because
of their heavy duty teflon exterior. We use a heavy duty power
supply to ensure your enclosure won't die. The FireWire ports
are plated in gold, and we include a heavy gage FireWire cable
with superior noise shielding ensuring that the signal can move
fast. There is simply no enclosure build like ours. Adding a
drive is simple and should only take 3 minutes for someone who
know what they are doing and 10 minutes for a novice.