A sourcelist of external desktop hard drives.
By Clare Baker
G-Technology offers quad-interface compatibility with its G-Drive Q, which has eSATA, FireWire 800 (two ports), FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The data-transfer rates for each of the interfaces are as follows: eSATA, 85 MBps; FireWire 800, 61 MBps; FireWire 400, 38 MBps; and USB 2.0, 33 MBps. The SATA II drive features a fanless cooling system drive speeds of 7200 RPM with 8 or 16 MB of cache. The system is available in capacities of 250, 320, 500, and 750 GB.
FireWire 400 operation is compatible with Mac OS 9.2 or higher and Windows 2000/XP; FireWire 800, USB 2.0, and eSATA operation is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.x or higher and Windows 2000/XP. Price: $219 to $659.
Iogear’s 3.5-in. Combo Ion Drive supports FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity (backward compatible with FireWire 400 and USB 1.1) and is available with storage capacities of 40, 60, 80, 120, 160, 200, and 250 GB. The fanless drive is hot-swappable and plug-and-play and features a drive speed of 7200 RPM.
FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 is supported by Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X 10.2; FireWire 400 is supported by Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and Mac OS 9 or greater; and USB 1.1 is supported by Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS 9 or greater. The company notes that the provided cable will only support FireWire 800.
The Professional Silver Series Triple Interface external storage device from Iomega supports FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity (backward compatible with USB 1.1). Featuring a 7200-RPM disk speed and an 8-MB buffer, the drive is available in 320-, 500-, and 750-GB capacities. The stackable plug-and-play drive is bundled with "touch-free" backup and full-system disaster-recovery software. Compatible with Windows Vista/98(USB 1.1 only)/2000/ME/XP and Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher. Price: $190 to $425.
The d2 Quadra Hard Drive from LaCie provides quadruple interface compatibility with eSATA, FireWire 800 (two ports), FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity; the eSATA interface offers a transfer rate of 1.5 Gbps. With an available storage capacity of 500 GB, the hard drive features a drive speed of 7200 RPM and a 16-MB cache.