Addonics Technologies announced on Friday the release of its
Console Drive, which turns a standard 3.5-inch hard drive into either aremovable internal hard drive cartridge or an external hard drive thatconnects to your Mac via USB 2.0 or 1.1, FireWire, SCSI or a PCMCIA slot,depending on the model you choose. Internally, the Console Drive can connectto a Power Mac’s Serial ATA slot. In addition, the Console Drive acceptsAddonics’ series of Pocket CD, DVD, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/RW drives, all ofwhich are Mac compatible.
Pricing starts at US$69 for the Console Drive kit with a USB 2.0/1.1interface cable, $85 with a FireWire cable and $79 with a Serial ATA cableor a CardBus/PCMCIA cable. Each kit comes with a Console Cradle, which fitsinside a 5.25-inch drive bay, an enclosure for the hard drive, a ConsoleTray used to slide the drive in and out of the bay, a 110/220V AC/DC 5V/12Vpower adapter, a CD containing the appropriate driver and a user guide.System requirements call for OS 9.0 or Mac OS X v10.0 or higher and a G3processor running at 350MHz or faster.