FireWire Hard Drives Everywhere

FireWireDirect has released new products for both their 2.5" and 3.5" line of FireWire enabled hard drives. Both the Spark and Slim-Line Ultra drives offer high capacity, high speed, the ease of use associated with FireWire, and an affordable price. According to FireWireDirect:, Inc., a company offering 1394, FireWire and i.LINK peripherals and accessories for Windows and Macintosh computers, announced they have expanded their line of FireWire/1394 storage solutions with the first shipments of the companyis new SlimLine-Ultra 3.5" drives, and added new pricing and configurations to their established line of Spark 2.5" FireWire hard drives.

The SlimLine-Ultra HDD is a 3.5" external hard drive for FireWire/1394/i.LINK connections that takes its name from itis sleek, portable and compact design, which stands in sharp contrast to the oversized 5.25" chassis offered by many other companies in their 3.5" drive offerings.

The drive typically sits on its side on an included pedestal, occupying no more space at a workstation than a thin book. The SlimLine contains a high performance 7200 RPM drive and is available in 20GB, 40GB and 75GB sizes.

The thin, space saving chassis is also available to consumers as an Enclosure Kit for those who want to assemble their own FireWire Drives from existing IDE drives while maintaining the high style of the SlimLine-Ultra HDD Series.

The company also expands their successful Spark 2.5" HDD line with the addition of a 30GB offering. The new SlimLine, like itis Spark predecessor, combines portability, style and a very aggressive price.

The addition of the SlimLine-Ultra Series expands the storage offerings from, and compliments their well-established Spark HDD line of 2.5" FireWire hard drives. The companyis Director says this is only the second offering in a complete line of Firewire storage solutions in development.

The Slim-Line series starts at US$329 for a 20GB drive, and US$369 for a 12GB Spark drive. You can find more information at the FireWireDirect web site.