FirewireDirect Announces New USB/FireWire Combo Drives

FirewireDirect has released a new line of combo USB/FireWire drives, the Spark II 2.5" Dual FireWire & USB External Hard Drive. The newer, slimmer enclosure is less than 6" long and is initially available in 10GB and 20GB configurations. Sporting both USB and FireWire connectivity, the pocket-size drive is perfect for transporting and storing large amounts of data. According to FirewireDirect: has retired the FireWire storage product they launched the company with and replaced it with a new Spark.

The new Spark II 2.5" Dual FireWire & USB External Hard Drive is an updating of their popular portable Spark FireWire external HDD and enclosure, with a smaller, more stylish chassis and the addition of a USB port for added portability and flexibility.

The Spark II is the smallest, most portable hard drive design yet from FirewireDirect. Housed in a tiny, almost palm sized chassis and taking power from the bus on FireWire or USB equipped portable computers, the drive and itis accompanying available Enclosure Kit are designed for users on the go. The drive is available today in 10GB and 20GB capacities in a case measuring less than 6 inches long and about 1 inch high. The high quality and new stylish design houses a high performance IBM hard drive. The Spark II drive will power off the bus on desktop computers or portables with built in FireWire or UBS, but also comes with an included power adapter for plugging in.

FirewireDirect was the first company to make their hard drive designs available also to consumers as FireWire to IDE Enclosure Kits for constructing FireWire external drives, and the Spark II is also available in its new design as an Firewire Enclosure, supporting 2.5" drives up to 9.5mm high.

The new Spark 10GB drive is available for US$259, while the 20GB version is available for US$329. The Spark enclosure kit is available for US$119. You can find more information at the FirewireDirect Web site.