UK-based peripheral maker
has released the MediaBank HS-R, an external hard drive case with hardware-based RAID 1 support and FireWire connectivity.
It’s a dual bay hard drive case with built-in hardware that mirrors data on both hard drives — no software is needed to get it to work. All mirroring, synchronization, and backup functions can be performed automatically. A drive can be swapped while the unit is running thanks to the MediaBank’s “hot-swap” feature and removable hard drive trays.
The MediaBank is available through Miglia resellers, as well as through Miglia’s e-store directly. Prices start at €449 for the basic system sans hard disk drives; prices run up to €899 a system equipped with three 120GB hard drives (one would be used for offline backup).
The MediaBank HS-R is made of aluminum and comes with a two-year warranty. It’s compatible with Mac OS X (10.1 and higher) and Mac OS 9.1 (and higher).