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Addonics debuts Saturn Hard Drive Enclosure family

updated 02:25 pm EST, Thu February 3, 2005

Saturn Hard Drive Kits

Addonics Technologies today announced the family of products, the first drive enclosure kit that enables any SATA hard drive to connect to a computer via USB, FireWire, CardBus/PCMCIA, SATA or IDE interface. Saturn is also the first storage solution that allows any 3.5" SATA hard drive, or any size IDE hard drive (3.5", 2.5" or 1.8") to be used as removable drive via the same drive bay. Designed using a modular concept, the enclosure components can be mixed and matched for virtually any storage application.

There are four products in the Saturn line:


  • The Saturn ExDrive (SED) supports any SATA or IDE hard drive includes an Addonics USIB interface cable and an 110/220V AC/DC power adapter. It be expanded into a Combo Hard Drive or Drive Cartridge system with the optional IDE Drive Cradle or USIB Drive Cradle.



  • The Saturn Mobile Rack (SMR) is a removable hard drive storage solution that offers an IDE Drive Cradle mounted inside a 5 1/4" drive bay. Either SATA or IDE hard drives can be installed or removed from the same Drive Cradle, allowing drives to be used as a removable hard drive.



  • The Saturn Combo Hard Drive (SCHD) combines the features of the Saturn ExDrive and Mobile Rack. The Drive enclosure, when removed from the Drive Cradle, can be used as an external hard drive system using one of the Addonics USIB interface cables and the power adapter that are included in each package.



  • The Saturn Drive Cartridge System (SDCS) adds a hot swappable removable hard drive system inside a 5 1/4" drive bay via USB, SATA or FireWire interface with the included USIB interface cable in each package. External installation is supported with the optional power adapter and optional USIB interface cable.



All Addonics Saturn Hard Drive kits include the necessary components and hardware for users to install their drives; an optional kit is available for installing a 2.5-inch or 1.8-inch IDE drives in the same enclosure, according to the company. SATA as well as IDE hard drives can also be interchanged in any system via the same 5 1/4-inch drive bay. Addonics says that the Saturn enclosure and cradle systems are designed with direct point-to-point connection from the hard drive to the enclosure and the drive cradles for the most reliable connection.



Addonics says that the Saturn Mobile Rack fits into any standard 5 1/4" drive bay, including those found in the Power Mac G4/G5; however, the company only provides a black bezel (with an ivory color bezel expected within 30 days).



List price of the Addonics Saturn Drive Cartridge kit starts at $75 for the Saturn ExDrive (SED) for SATA hard drives with USB 2.0 interface and $80 for the Saturn Drive Cartridge System (SDCS) with hot swappable removable IDE hard drive capabilities.




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