Storage product maker WiebeTech LLC has announced that its DesktopGB FireWire/USB 2.0 external hard drive now supports 120 and 160GB mechanisms. The company has also made a few changes and cut prices, as well.
The driver has been updated as well, according to the company, yielding an improved transfer rate. A new, quieter fan is included in the enclosure, as well. The use of 120 and 160GB mechanisms is now supported in the company’s empty shell user-configurable DesktopGB version, thanks to updated FireWire firmware.
WiebeTech noted that the 60GB 7200RPM version of the DesktopGB now sells for US$249.95, and the 80GB 7200RPM version runs for $299.95. A new 120GB 7200RPM drive is also offered, at $369.95.
If you’d prefer to do it yourself, you can buy the DesktopGB base unit — which requires you to install your own hard drive — for $159.95.
WiebeTech noted that the firmware update and upgraded fan are available to existing DesktopGB customers as a free product upgrade — users interested in taking advantage can contact WiebeTech tech support for further details.
The DesktopGB utilizes Oxford Semiconductors’ popular Oxford 911 FireWire interface, and also sports a USB 2.0 interface that is, of course, downwardly compatible with USB 1.1, the interface built in to all currently shipping Macs (USB 2.0 is supported on OS X Macs equipped with third-party USB 2.0 expansion cards).