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 DV video Hard Drive Enclosure (FW 400 or 800)  

Overview - Premium performance, solid design

Price: $90 for FW 400
         $120 for FW 800

Platform: Mac / Windows / Linux

Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours

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

Warranty: One year parts and labor.**

When you need the most sturdy, reliable, fast external FireWire storage on the market, start with the DVvideo.com Premium Hard Drive Enclosures. The DVvideo.com Premium Hard Drive enclosures allow you to hook up super fast plug and play storage using the same port you use to capture video from your DV video camera. The enclosures take advantage of the 3rd Generation backing with the powerful chipsets enabling transfer speeds at a super sonic real world 35MB/s transfer rate for the FW 400 version and 76 MB/s in the FW 800 version. In addition to being super fast and DV video ready, the 3.5" DVvideo.com Premium Hard Drive Enclosure takes advantage of a dual fan system, enabling your hard drive to run cooler so it can run faster, and longer.

If creating a super fast external CD/DVD burner is the name of your game, these enclosures can accommodate just about any 5.25 IDE device on the market, such as a DVD Burner, or CD burner. Set up is easy, for most systems simply pop in almost any IDE/ATA hard drive or device into the enclosure and then connect the FireWire cable to your computer. It doesn't get any better than this.

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Your data is important, so why trust it to cheap enclosure? The DVvideo.com FireWire enclosure is a premium enclosure that can not 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 enclosures apart.

Dual Fan System
DVvideo.com 3.5" FireWire enclosures are equipped with two fans. This helps the hard drives remain cooler. The cooler your hard drive is, the longer and more reliable it will run.

Teflon Covered IDE/ATA Cables
Inside the enclosure you will find a premium IDE/ATA Teflon cable connecting your hard drive to your bridge board. The Teflon cable increases longevity and shielding insuring less of a chance for data corruption.

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* and 76MB/s in the FW 800 version. 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 Fire Wire enclosure that crawls along at 15 MB/s transfer rate, use the best and fly along at 35 MB/s to 76 MB/s.

It may be possible to find a Fire Wire enclosure for slightly less however, it is not possible to find a faster, more reliable, higher quality enclosure. When you compare price to performance, our products are very hard to beat.


Dimensions: 2.5”H x 8”W x 10.5”D
Power Supply: 50W TUV/CE/UL/CSA, 90-264 VAC Universal AC In, +5V 3.0A +12V 2.0A
Data Transfer Rate:1394B 800 Mbit/second, 1394A 400 Mbit/second
Compatibility:IEEE 1394-1995 and 1394A, 1394B, IDE Ultra ATA 133 Bus
   FW400 has 2 - 6 Pin Type IEEE 1394A,  1 - IDC Power In
   FW800 has 2 - 8 Pin Type IEEE 1394B,  1 - IDC Power In

OS Compatibility:
All OS’s that support IEEE-1394 or that have a compliant card & software.
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 and 76 MB/s. At these speeds, you can capture and transfer video with ease.

 How easy is it to install?

It is very easy to set up. Simply pop an IDE/ATA hard drive into the enclosure, plug in the power cable and connect your computer to the fire wire enclosure. The computer will then automatically recognize the new hard drive and ask to format your new hard disk. Select Yes. That's it. You're done. 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, we have a phone number (510.471.6442) to call for 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 1.0 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 to 76 MB/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 hard 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 IBM drives are very hard to beat. However, any ATA/IDE drive you choose will work.

 What's included?

One DVvideo.com FireWire Enclosure Kit
One Power Cord
Free 3 ft. 6 pin FIREVue™ Gold Diagnostics Cable ($29 dollar value)
Charismac Software for Macintosh
Additional Face plates(with 5.25 enclosure) for building extern DVD/CD drives

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 DV video Hard Drive Enclosure (FW 400 or 800)    

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