FireWire Depot Introduces Oxford 911 Powered 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure

FireWire Depot has introduced a new 2.5" FireWire hard drive enclosure. The new enclosure called the MP 2.5" eDrive and is designed to be used with 2.5" ATA hard drives, like the ones used in most laptops. It is uses the Oxford 911 chipset for the FireWire bridge. According to FireWire Depot:

FireWire Depot presents the sexiest 2.5" FireWire hard disk enclosure in town, and it has the Oxford 911 chip for added performance. The new MP 2.5" eDrive is a low profile FireWire hard disk enclosure measuring in at just 5.25 L x 1 H x 3.5 W inches. With its polycarbonate outer shell and ititaniumi colored inner shell and shock mounting system, it is the perfect match for your PowerBook G4, Cube, and G4 desktop machines and can travel anywhere with you. The enclosure uses the new Oxford 911 chip so you will maximum performance if using the new IBM 48G/5400 RPM 2.5" drive as well as enhanced performance using other, smaller capacity 4200 RPM hard drives. The enclosures accepts 9.5mm or 12.5mm hard drives from IBM, Fujitsu, and Toshiba.


  • data transfer rates up to 400Mbs
  • real plug and play
  • hot-swappable connection
  • 3-step switch for user to choose
  • Bus Power, External Power and DC power off
  • no ID selecting required
  • SBP-2 taret revision 4 compliant interface
  • full ATA-5 compliant
  • support for UDMA5
  • supports PIO modes 0 to 4, DMA mode 0 to 2, and UDMA modes 0 to 5
  • max transfer cache memory 2048k
  • integrated 512K flash memory
  • anti-vibration rubber gromets
  • translucent polycarbonate shell and front panel
  • Titanium colored inserts
  • meets applicable UL, CSA, TV, and CE requirements


  • external AC adapter: 5V, 1.6A (UL, CSA, TUV, GS, T-Mark approved)
  • input: universal auto-switching 85-264 VAC
  • compatibility: Windows 98SE, 2000/ME, Mac OS 8.6 or higher (driver included)

Kit includes:

  • cable (6 pin to 6 pin)
  • external power supply
  • power cord
  • El Gato Disk Controller (vers 1.1)
  • screws
  • 4 rubber pads
  • small hook for removing the PCB from the enclosure
  • user manual

You can get more information on the MP 2.5" eDrive at FireWire Depotis Web site. The unit is priced at US$129.95 (without a hard drive).