WD’s FireWire external hard drives provide additional hot-swap storage that can be easily disconnected from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any computer with a built-in FireWire port, using either Windows 98 SE or Mac OS 8.6 or higher operating systems.
For computers without FireWire ports, Western Digital offers a PCI Adapter for desktops and a CardBus PC Card for notebooks, which will add the FireWire interface to these legacy systems. All Western Digital FireWire products carry a one-year warranty.
IDC analyst Dave Reinsel said, “Data-rich applications such as MP3 music, digital video and high-resolution digital photos are becoming increasingly popular, and Western Digital’s FireWire external hard drives provide a fast, simple, storage solution.”
“Western Digital’s FireWire products are designed for users who demand high performance, as well as high capacity,” said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital.
Widespread availability of WD’s 120 GB FireWire external hard drives is expected this month through Western Digital’s retail partners, Internet resellers including catalogue partners, selected distributors, and the Company’s online store at store.westerndigital.com.