Yesterday storage product maker WiebeTech LLC announced an update to its Super DesktopGB line to support ATA-6, along with the availability of larger drives — 180GB and 200GB are now able to be supported because of the ATA-6 compatibility. Now the company has announced the same for its DriveDock peripheral, along with the release of the Super DriveDock.
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The DriveDock is a FireWire bridge interface that can attach to any 3.5-inch IDE hard disk drive mechanism. It’s useful if you have a bare drive that you’d like to transfer data to or from, use as a backup, or test to see if it’s working.
Both the original DriveDock and a new peripheral, the Super DriveDock, support ATA-6 drives.
The new Super DriveDock also sports WiebeTech’s PowerBridge bus power circuitry, which enables the Super DriveDock to power the hard disk drive without needing an external AC adapter. The PowerBridge technology has recently been updated with better compatibility for Macs and PCs, including support for the iMac 17-inch model.
The original DriveDock required the use of an AC adapter, and supports CDs and DVD drives as well, according to WiebeTech. If you already own a DriveDock and you’d like to upgrade to one with ATA-6 support, you can return your DriveDock to WiebeTech and get upgraded for $69.95. You can also upgrade to the Super DriveDock for $79.95. The cost of a DriveDock or a Super DriveDock alone is $139.95 and $159.95 respectively.