Kansas-based hard drive maker
on Monday released the fourth-generation of its DriveDock series. The company’s President James Wiebe has also published a whitepaper on storage enclosure reliability.
The new DriveDock series features the latest high performance FireWire bridges from Oxford Semiconductor and adds multiple powering options and new LED indicators, the company said. The DriveDock allows access to 2.5” notebook, 3.5” IDE or SATA drives.
Multiple power options are available via a +12V adapter (included) or via a standard disk drive 4-pin molex power source.
Pricing ranges from $149.95 to $229.95 — specific pricing is available from the company’s Web site.
Wiebe has also
published a whitepaper
that shows mirrored RAIDS and RAID 5 enclosures are more reliable than other types of enclosures. The paper analyzes the failure rates of various types of external storage enclosures, so that users can understand why certain types of enclosures are more reliable than other types, according to Wiebe.
Wiebe also makes recommendations as to the types of enclosures that are more favorable for data backup devices. As a result, users may purchase enclosures with a greater understanding of what can go wrong, and why.
The whitepaper is available as a free download from the company’s Web site.