MWSF: WiebeTech launches series of updates

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WiebeTech released a new line of SATA storage units, G5Jam Express, expanded its DriveDock series to include two new mini Docks, and new software to help users selectively enable and disable write-blocking on some WiebeTech drives.

The company released a series of compact SATA storage with one, two or five bays that hold removable trays for SATA drives, making the drives fully interchangeable between units. To eliminate clutter, only one cable is required to attach to the host, even on the five-bay version. The five-bay version requires a SATA 2 host card which is available from WiebeTech.

The new G5Jam Express adds two more drives inside the Dual Core G5, for a total of four internal drives and up to 2TB capacity. It fits in the space directly in the front of the G5 and takes advantage of the airflow inside the Dual Core G5. This product ships mid-January and is priced at $70.

SilverSATA I serves as a single drive enclosure. It has a removable tray so drives are easily swapped. It also features a USB2 port for universal compatibility, as well as an eSATA port. SilverSATA II works as a hardware RAID 0 or 1 for striping or mirroring. It also has a USB2 port, in addition to an eSATA port. SilverSATA V works as a software RAID and handles over 200MB/s transfer rate, fast enough even for HD video editors, and with enough storage space for huge projects or server environments. A SATA 2 host card, compatible with both PCs and PCI-X Macs, is available from WiebeTech. See WiebeTech’s Web site for pricing details.

The new mini Docks allow users to attach SATA drives to a computer via either a single USB or SATA cable. The mini USBDock attaches SATA drives via a USB cable, and the mini SATADock attaches SATA drives through a SATA port. Both products will ship late March and are priced at $75 each.

WiebeTech is also introducing a software feature that allows the user to choose when to turn on and off the write-block feature of a WiebeTech drive inside selected WiebeTech enclosures. DriveBlock allows users to selectively enable and disable write-blocking on external WiebeTech storage enclosures.

The DriveBlock feature is controlled through a simple utility which may be installed on Windows, Macintosh or certain Linux systems. Access to the utility is controlled through a password.

DriveBlock will initially be available as a feature on two different WiebeTech products: WiebeTech’s shock protected ToughTech 800 enclosure; and WiebeTech’s high capacity field deployable RT-5 RAID.

As a new feature, DriveBlock has been added to these products at no additional charge. Most ToughTech 800s shipping after Jan. 23, 2006, will be DriveBlock compatible, as will selected RT-5 configurations.

This story, "MWSF: WiebeTech launches series of updates" was originally published by PCWorld.

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