WiebeTech has released six new products: the BayDock, the Forensic BayDock, the Serial ATA Dock (SATADock), a Serial ATA PCI host card, MicroGB800, FireWire Encrypt and USB2 Encrypt.
The BayDock lets you install one, two or four removable drives within one enclosure with each drive supported by an independent FireWire 400 bridge. What’s more, each bay can be equipped with an “InfoTray” intelligent LCD indicator that offers immediate visual access to drive health information, such as temperature, time in use and other data.
User configurable or preconfigured versions of BayDock are available with capacities up to 1.2TB with all configurations available with or without the LCD indicator. For instance, you could configure a Quad BayDock with two InfoTrays, each loaded with a 300GB IDE drive; another non-intelligent bay, loaded with another IDE drive; and the fourth bay loaded with a DVD drive. You could stripe the two 300GB drives under Mac or Windows, utilize the third drive for selective file backup, and use the DVD drive for general purpose use.
Prices range from US$139.95 for a single user configurable BayDock to $3,995.00 for a 1.2TB Quad BayDock preconfigured with InfoTray intelligent removable bays, individual FireWire channels, and capacities of 300GB per bay. What’s more, units are stackable and daisy chainable.
WiebeTech also announced the Forensic BayDock, a version of the BayDock built to allow investigators to capture evidence info and securely archive it. It provides a write blocked removable drive bay and up to three additional bays for total flexibility and ease of use in computer forensic investigations. Forensic BayDock is available in three configurations: one bay, two bays or four bays. Pricing is $399.95, $599.95 and $1199.95, respectively.
Also new to the WiebeTech lineup is the Serial ATA Dock (SATADock) and a Serial ATA PCI host card. The host card allows internal and external use of Serial ATA drives under Windows, while the SATADock allows transfer of IDE drive contents to Apple’s new Power Mac G5 computer and PCs as well. Serial ATA Dock will work on G5 without drivers, though the Serial ATA host port is required.
ATA-5 and ATA-6 drives are supported with capacities to 300GB and beyond. The SATA Dock — which has a raw transfer rate of 1.5GHz — converts common IDE drives into Serial ATA devices. The external port of this product is Serial ATA; the internal ribbon cable attaches to IDE drives.
The SATADock costs US$139.95 with a power supply. The Serial ATA PCI Host is $39.95.
Then there’s WiebeTech’s MicroGB800, a FireWire 800 version of the company’s MicroGB+TM pocket drives. When ordered with a 60GB/7200RPM drive, it offers a data transfer of better than 2.1GB per minute.
The small (5 by 3 by .65 inches,) MicroGB800 touts dual FireWire 800 ports and a single mini-USB 2 port. An AC adapter is included — though it’s bus powered in FireWire mode and with certain USB hosts. The MicroGB800 is made of aluminum and weighs under eight ounces. Prices range from $159.95 for a 20GB/5400RPM model to $489.95 for an 80GB/4200RPM model.
Finally, WiebeTech has announced performance data, pricing, and configuration information on FireWire Encrypt and USB2 Encrypt, new storage enclosure technologies that allow real time encryption and decryption of user data using removable encrypted data cartridges.
Data is protected through the use of DES and TDES technology, with key lengths from 40 bits through 192 bits. Encryption occurs in real-time so you can create encrypted and “unbreakable,” physically removable data files at rates of more than 30MB per second.
The products will initially ship in capacities of 120GB and encryption lengths of 40 bits and 128bits. WiebeTech is also offering 192bit encryption and will be offering user upgradeable encryption bays. Prices range from $339.95 from a FireWire Encrypt, 40bit, 120GB drive to $449.95 for a USB2 Encrypt, 128bit system.