- Video capable swapable storage with built in hard drive
- standard drive support
PC - Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP standard drive support
Usually ships within 24 hours
OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 bus card, IDE/ATA Hard disk drive
One year parts and labor.**
The FireWire 1394 / IDE SMART Hot - Swap Drive Systems provide high speed and Hot-Swapability
at an unbelievably low price. Now you can have an affordable
way to store large amounts of data at ultra fast 40 MB/s data
transfer rates. Even better, you can remove any drive in seconds
and share or replace it with another.
Over 200 gigabytes of ultra fast storage.
The SMART LCD Display reports all drive functions and tells
you if the drive is operating properly before expensive data
losses occur. This revolutionary technology also monitors drive
speed and data transfer rates at the drive mechanism. The smartest
drive on the market is also affordable.
The Perfect Backup
FireWire Hot-Swap BAY
||40 MB/s Second Generation FireWire
SMART Diagnostic Display
||Key Lock Hot-Swapable Operation
||Dual Fan Ultra Cool Temperature
Storage and data protection is what these SMART Hot-Swap
Systems offer. Now you can use inexpensive IDE drives in our
SMART FireWire Hot-Swap Trays and dedicate as much storage as
you need for backup, DV, AV, database application, and all other
types of storage needs. Simply buy extra bays whenever you need
them to add more drives. The bays are inexpensive and offer
the best solution for large storage needs.
Bridge Board Technolgy
The heart of these SMART FireWire Systems is our unique bridge
board technology that allows IDE drives to be inserted or removed
while the computer is running and the power is on. The system
operates very much like a floppy drive with the exception that
the amount of storage is thousands of time larger.
We support true ATA-6 specifications giving us compatibility
with all the new larger drive mechanisms. Using the new Oxford
911 chip we offer up to 40MB/S data transfer rates.
SMART LCD Display
Our exclusive firmware and LCD display gives you complete compatibility
with both Mac and Windows platforms. The SMART LCD Display lets
you know everything you ever wanted on the condition of the
drive. These units come complete with everything you need including
a 3' 6-pin FireWire cable and power cable. (no software needed
for Macintosh, Win 98SE, ME, 2000, and XP)
Supports ATA-6 - Large
Suppprts S.M.A.R.T. - Self-Monitoring,
Analysis and Reporting Technology
2.5H x 8W x 10.5D, 7 LBS
Power Supply: 115/230
vac 50-60 hz, 55 watts universal input
Data Transfer Rate: Up to 40 MB/s
Cooling: Dual Fan Design Ultra Quiet
IEEE 1394 FireWire Second Generation Bridge Technology, IDE
Ultra ATA 100 Bus
Macintosh - standard drive support
PC - Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP standard drive support
4.5 meters with standard cables, 10 meters with DVvideo.com
Technology FireWire Browser and Firmware Updater are included.
Windows drivers are already included from Microsoft.
Macintosh drivers are already included from Apple.
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
should I buy a FireWire enclosure?
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.
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.
easy is it to install?
easier then you think. For the five step illustrated instructions
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 granite digital operator to transfer you to ken tusant
in technical support.
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.
do these products blow the competition away?
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.
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.
is much faster than an external USB drive, but when compared
to an Internal IDE drive or UltraSCSI, it is quite slow.
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.
drive do you recommend for the enclosure?
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.
DVvideo.com External FireWire HotSwap Enclosure Kit
One Hotswap tray
One Power Cord
3 ft. 6 pin FIREVue Gold Diagnostics Cable ($29 dollar
Charismac Software for Macintosh
add a drive!)