DVvideo.com has announced the availability of the new
HotSwap FireWire Enclosure. It’s a new US$225 storage device that sports the ability to swap hard drives that are contained in inexpensive trays.
The enclosure works with just about any IDE drive, according to DVvideo.com. You simple insert the drive in the drive tray, slide the drive tray into the enclosure, and turn the key. A neon indicator shows if the drive has been inserted correctly. Otherwise, the device auto-configures and mounts the drive.
DVvideo.com said the new enclosure is ideal for DV video editors and media creators. If they fill up a hard drive, they simply pull it out and install another one — additional trays are available for US$29 each.
The enclosure sports a triple fan cooling system, a FireWire cable with gold contacts, and the ubiquitous Oxford Semiconductor Oxford 911 FireWire bridge chipset. DVvideo.com indicated that the HotSwap FireWire Enclosure is plug and play compatible with Mac OS X, and supports Maxtor’s new ATA-6 drives.