Mac OS 9 / Mac OS X / Win 98SE / Win 2000 / Win XP / 2000
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OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 bus card, IDE/ATA Hard disk drive
One year parts and labor.**
IEEE 1394 FireWire
Ultra 100 IDE Smart Case Kit with
Built-in Power Supply
These SMART CASES are designed to support all 3.5" hard drives.
Built in diagnostics eliminate any questions associated with
performance, characteristics, specifications, and operation.
The case gives you all the information you need to keep your
data safe and secure. It's like having your own technician built
into your drive.Quick
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.
- Large Capacity Drives
Supports S.M.A.R.T. - Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting
Ever wondered what's really going
on inside that box? With the new line of SMART Drives
from DVvideo.com, you will never have to wonder again. This
FireWire IEEE1394 enclosure includes a Microprocessor
and LCD display that will tell you everything you ever wanted
to know about your drive's condition. Built
in diagnostics eliminate any questions associated with performance,
characteristics, specifications, and operation. It's
like having your own technician built into every case. The case
also monitors drive performance for speed-intensive operations
like DV and AV and it helps keep your data safe and secure.
So, if you're looking for the safest place to store your data,
and if you like the idea of knowing what's going on before you
have a problem, then the SMART Drive from DVvideo.com
is the drive for you. Unlike other FireWire companies, our manufacturer
writes its own firmware and supports more drives than anyone
else. Our easy to use upgrade and browser utilities keep us
ahead of the competition while giving our customers the information
that they need....spoil yourself and Get Smart.
Support all 3.5" hard drives.
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*. 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 the best and fly along at
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.
1.4H x 6.4W x 8.2D
25W TUV/CE/UL/CSA, 90-264 VAC Universal AC In, +5V 3.0A -- +12V
Data Transfer Rate: 40 MB per second
3.5" IDE Ultra DMA 33/666/100/133 Hard Drives
Large Drive Support: ATA 6 Supports Large Drives
Over 137 GB
Connectors: 2 IEEE 1394 6 Pin Type, 1 IDC Power
LCD Module: 20 Character x 2 Backlit Diagnostic
IEEE 1394-1995 and 1394A, IDE Ultra ATA 100 Bus - MAC &
All OS's that support IEEE-1394 or that have a compliant card
4.5 meters with standard cables, 10 meters with DVvideo.com
Diagnostics, Drive Test, FireWire Test, System Info, and 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
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?
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
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.
hard 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 you
choose will work.
DVvideo.com SMART FireWire Enclosure Kit
One Power Cord
3 ft. 6 pin FIREVue Gold Diagnostics Cable ($29 dollar
Charismac Software for Macintosh
add a drive!)