Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com
Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) recently announced availability of its 120 GB FireWire external hard drive. The company's newest WD FireWire external drive is designed with Western Digital's 7,200 RPM WD Caviar hard drive and a second-generation 1394 to IDE bridge card that's based on the Oxford 911 chipset.
According to the company, users should be able to add high-performance storage by simply adding its plug and play external hard drives. The drives are designed to stack together and may be daisy-chained, enabling users to further expand their storage capacity.
WD's FireWire external hard drives provide additional hot-swap storage that may be disconnected from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any computer with a built-in FireWire port, using either Windows 98 SE or Mac OS 8.6 or higher operating systems. For computers without FireWire ports, Western Digital offers a PCI Adapter for desktops and a CardBus PC Card for notebooks, which should add the FireWire interface to these legacy systems. All Western Digital FireWire products carry a one-year warranty.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price for WD's 120 GB FireWire Drive is $349.