updated 08:35 am EST, Tue January 11, 2005
EZQuest drives for A/V Pro
, the first product its new family of Pro A/V hard drives as well says it will preview its Thunder Pro A/V RAID FireWire 800 drive (expected to be formally introduced later this month). Designed for audio/video professionals, the sleek drive features an anodized-aluminum enclosure and is one-third smaller than competitive drives. It offers a fan-less design and offers data transfer rates of up more than 34MB/sec (read/write) as well as features a front-access FireWire port for a total of 3 FireWire ports. It will be available in four configurations in late March 2005: 160GB ($250), 200GB ($290), 250GB ($350) and 400GB ($700).
"We've worked to develop an ideal real-time editing and storage solution for audio/video professionals for the past two years. Thunder drives combine great performance with the huge storage capacity required for audio, video, digital imaging, photography and computer animation projects," said Ebrahim Zmehrir, EZQuest president. "In addition, Thunder drives have been thoroughly tested for compatibility with programs used by these professionals."
Thunder's key software features include A/V tuning and Disk De-frag and the company says the drives are optimized for audio-editing programs such as Digidesign Pro Tools; video-editing packages such as Apple's Final Cut Pro, Avid Express Pro Studio and Adobe's Premier Pro; and computer-animation programs such as Discreet's 3ds max 7, Alias' Maya 6 and Softimage's xsi 4. The drive has a total of three FireWire ports, and is compatible with Mac OS 9.1/X. EZQuest says it will add FireWire 800 drives to this product line within a few weeks.