first reported last week, storage peripheral maker
has introduced a new NoteBook DriveDock, an apparatus used to attach notebook-sized hard disk drive mechanisms to a FireWire interface for easy data transfer.
The DriveDock and the NoteBook DriveDock make it simple for users to attach raw hard disk drives to their Macs, enabling users to use raw drives as convenient backup or transport mechanisms, or to transfer data to desktop or laptop computers that have had their internal storage capacity upgraded.
The NoteBook DriveDock uses an Oxford Semiconductor Oxford 911 bridge chipset to transfer data on the FireWire interface, and it’s bus-powered, negating the need for an external power supply.
And while the original DriveDock was optimized for 3.5-inch hard disk drive mechanisms, the new NoteBook DriveDock has been designed specifically for the smaller 2.5-inch mechanisms used by laptop systems. It measures .62 x 1.40 x 2.73 inches, according to WiebeTech.
The new NoteBook DriveDock costs US$139.95 and “is shipping from limited stock at introduction,” according to WiebeTech. It’s plug-and-play compatible with Mac OS 9.2 and higher, including Mac OS X.