Verbatim's new quad-interface 500GB/1TB external hard drives

Verbatim's new quad-interface 500GB/1TB external hard drives

Summary: Storage company Verbatim will unveil two new pro-grade quad-interface external hard drives at this year's Macworld Expo.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

Storage company Verbatim will unveil two new pro-grade quad-interface external hard drives at this year's Macworld Expo.

The drives will come with support for USB 2.0, Firewire 400 (up to 50Mbps), Firewire 800 (up to 100Mbps) and eSata II (up to 3Gbps). The 500GB and 1TB drives will spin at 7,200RPM and come loaded with 32MB of cache. The drives will support Windows 2000 and above and Mac OS X 10.1 and above.

Externally the hard drives will be housed in an aluminum case weighing in at 3.3 pounds and measuring 9 inches by 6 inches by 1.5 inches.

Street price for the 500GB model is expected to be $180, while the 1TB model will set you back $250. Both drives are backed by a three-year warranty.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • eSATA sucks REAL, REAL BAD with multi bridged interface enclosures...

    i got slower than USB 2 speeds over eSATA to a triple interface
    Seagate FreeAgent 1TB drive... got some good advice... got an
    OWC eSATA only enclosure (dual drives bays for $67), ripped the
    drive out of the Seagate enclosure and got transfers faster than my
    internal drives. Seagate and WD are supposed to be the worst, but
    still, the more simple the interface the better... eSATA only
    enclosures just have power and an extension of the data cable to
    the drive from your eSATA card... that's what you want.

    if you want the real advantage of eSATA don't go with a bridged
    multi-interface enclosure... go for an eSATA only enclosure...
    eSATA is wicked... firewire 800 is a joke compared to a proper
    eSATA setup.. and cheap too...
    • here's the OWC eSATA enclosure...
    • Try capturing video over your eSATA interface

      Doh! can't do that, Try using eSATA for networking, Doh! can't do that, but you can with Firewire tard. Not everything is made to do exactly the same thing, get a clue.
    • Depends on If You Have Windows or a Mac, doctorspoc

      Most Macs can't be easily modified to accept eSATA inputs - including MacBook Pros where the ExpressCard slot has a nasty tendency to eject external eSATA adapters! OTOH, FW 800 works [b][i]amazingly[/b][/i] well on Macs - it's as fast as if the drive were internal. OTOH, on Windows the situation's reversed - FW 800 keeps forgetting it exists at all on my Windows desktop, while eSATA works...just like my internal SATA drives do.

      I hear the new Macs include eSATA ports - hopefully that will improve eSATA's adoption. Obviously since I have both Macs and Windows boxes, I'd like a one-size fits both solution [b][i]other[/b][/i] than the relatively-sluggish USB 2.0....

      Oh, and those prices? WTF? Are they kidding me? That's double what I'd expect to pay, unless the drives have lifetime guarantees with "No Data Loss" options....
  • RE: Verbatim's new quad-interface 500GB/1TB external hard drives

    very nice gadget for this year! I love this types of gadgets, external storage are cools stuffs as files sizes are sky-rocketing.

  • Curiously No Gigabit NAS Port ????

    As sad as eSATA is I wonder why they didn't also include a Gigabit NAS Port, especially since it would be more universal.
    • Because it not a NAS device,

      Doh! Simply a external HDD.
  • eSATA = garbage

    Any standard that doesn't provide for POWER simply boggles the mind with its stupidity.

    It's astounding that we still don't have an I/O port standard that can power a standard 3.5-inch hard drive.
  • RE: Verbatim's new quad-interface 500GB/1TB external hard drives

    The post doesn't mention if the drive has a built-in cooling fan. I have zero confidence in external drives that are supposed to be self-cooling because I've had nothing but problems with them. They simply run too hot and they quit just after the warranty runs out. Of course a replacement drive doesn't do much good when one's date are lost.
    • Cooling Cooling Cooling

      Yup have had good luck with smaller WD Externals with no fans, but others fail form heat. Have used Rosewill enclosures with fans and had problems with heat build up.
      I guess one could bore some holes into the case and add fans. :-0