A new FireFly hard drive is coming onto the scene from
SmartDisk Corp.. The company has released a 20GB model of its pocket-sized USB hard drive with a magnesium casing and weight of approximately four ounces make it easy to carry in a purse, a briefcase or pocket.
The new model supports both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, which means that users in transition between the two versions can use FireFly on any USB machine. This works out well for Mac users as Apple hasn’t added native USB 2.0 support for any of their hardware products — or even said whether they will.
Your Mac will immediately recognize the FireFly once it’s connected, so there’s no need to install software drivers. Since the hard drive is powered by the computer’s USB bus, it doesn’t require its own power adapter.
FireFly for USB has a suggested retail price of US$399.95 for the 20GB model, which is due early next month. A 5GB model, which costs $199.95, is shipping now.