updated 09:15 am EST, Mon November 19, 2007
New SATA drive enclosure
Storage specialist WiebeTech on Monday announced its newest RTX Single SATA drive enclosure with TrayFree Technology as well as its most economical DriveDock for accessing data on (bare) hard drives. WiebeTech's RTX100-SJ features an eSATA and USB2 connection for maximum compatibility. The drive enclosure (pictured at right) features a specially designed SATA drive interface that is built to withstand thousands of drive insertions, according to the company. In addition the sturdy aluminum case provides heat dissipation and durability, while a built-in lock keeps drives secure. A fanless design also enables virtually silent operation, while the TrayFree Technology allows users to simply plugin a floppy or bare SATA hard drive without any drive accessories. It is available for $100.
Separately, the company announced its USB DriveDock v4, which allows users to easily access data directly from any of the four most common drive types: 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA or IDE/PATA drives. The versatile dock offers a single USB port and offers two options for power input: the included AC adapter or a 4-wire connector from the computer's power supply. A power status LED verifies that the unit is switched on or off, while another LED confirms that the Dock is accessing the drive, and a third confirms that a valid USB connection is established. The dock connector is available for $50 and ships early December.