Addonics Technologies announced a hard drive kit with built-in eSATA and SATA connectors, which allow users to easily connect an external SATA hard drive to a system or use any SATA hard drive as a removable cartridge drive. Addonics’ Diamond Hard Drive Kit is the first enclosure to feature built-in eSATA/SATA connectors as well as provide the first direct bridge design, which connects the SATA hard drive to the computer in native SATA mode.
External SATA (eSATA) is a newer and faster way to connect external drives than USB. It also allows for cables to be up to two meters long (internal SATA connections can only be a meter long and can’t run outside the computer case). The Diamond Hard Drive Kit can be easily attached to any computer externally via the high performance eSATA port or used like a drive cartridge in the Diamond drive cradle mounted inside a standard 5 ¼” drive bay.
The SATA direct bridge in the Diamond drive enclosure also isolates the SATA hard drive power and data connectors from the wear and tear that most removable SATA hard drive systems are subjected to. The hard drive inside the Diamond enclosure can also be accessed by any computer via eSATA or USB connection using the Addonics USB – eSATA adapter. Users can also install any 2.5″ SATA hard drive into the Diamond drive enclosure using an optional hard drive mounting bracket.
Addonics offers a wide assortment of IO converters, cables and accessories to give the Diamond drive enclosure and cradle unlimited connection and installation possibilities. Addonics offers several bundled kits to address only some of the common applications. These various bundled kits consist of different drives enclosures, cradles, and power adapters, which can be used both internally and externally. The flexibility, compatibility, and adaptive features of the Diamond drive kit enable users to start with the minimum components they need, then add other storage components as their application grows.
For example, a user who wants the combined features of an external eSATA hard drive and removable hard drive would order the Diamond Combo hard drive, a bundled kit that includes a Diamond Hard Drive Enclosure; Diamond SATA drive cradle with SATA interface; a 6-foot eSATA data cable; and a 110/220V AC/DC 12V/5V power adapter for using the Diamond drive enclosure as an external hard drive. The MSRP for this configuration would be $49.95.
Constructed in heavy gauge aluminum, the Diamond drive kit is built to last while at the same time providing excellent heat dissipation for the hard drive.
Operating system support in external hard drive mode includes eSATA – DOS, Windows 95, NT(SP6), 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac, Linux and Solaris. USB support is provided for Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac, Linux and Solaris. Internal hard drive support includes all the previously mentioned operating systems as well as optional interface support for IDE or SCSI.
The Diamond Hard Drive kit is available through the Addonics online store www.shopaddonics.com, major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including Amazon.com, PC Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Provantage.com, Insight, and Ingram Micro.
Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external and mobile storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 2466 Kruse Drive, San Jose, CA 95131, Phone: 408-433-3899.