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WiebeTech releases ToughTech mini pocket drives

updated 07:15 am EST, Thu December 4, 2008

ToughTech mini enclosures

WiebeTech has released two ToughTech mini pocket drive enclosures, both designed to fit 2.5-inch SATA drives. The aluminum housing is a scaled-down version of the larger ToughTech devices for 3.5-inch drives. ToughMount anti-shock protection is used to absorb shock and reduce noise. The mini enclosures feature the Oxford-924 chipset that is claimed to optimize data transfer speeds using either FireWire or USB 2.0 connections.

Both enclosures feature one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, while the FS mini has two additional FireWire 400 ports, and the XE mini provides two backwards-compatible FireWire 800 ports.

The ToughTech mini drive enclosures can be purchased directly from the company, either empty or with an installed drive. The plain FS enclosure is priced at $80; pre-installed drive options range from a 160GB 5,400RPM HDD model for $165, to a 320GB 7,200RPM package for $325. The XE mini enclosure can be obtained for $120, while the 160GB 5,400RPM option costs $205 and the 320GB 7200RPM bundle carries a price of $365.

The ToughTech mini drive enclosure can also be purchased at for $75.24.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what the h***?

    there are not NEW or JUST RELEASED. WiebeTech has sold these for YEARS. YEARS, at least THREE. And they are not even theirs, they are a REBRAND of another product. Ad they all have a SERIOUS FLAW, they OVERHEAT drastically. No fan, no fins, no cooling holes, nothing. Your HD life will be GREATLY decreased if used in one of these things. Oh, and they are HUGE!

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A dual USB/eSata port...

    ...might be nice in those pesky macbooks...

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