Mac USB & FireWire

Review: SmartDisk's VST FireWire CD-R/W Drive

Dan Knight - 2001.02.09

Guide to USB Hard Drives

Don't expect a lot of speed from these drives. USB is only rated to 12 Mbps, and typical throughput is about half that. What these drives to provide is capacity and convenience. As portable drives, they also tend to be built to survive rough handling.

Brand/Drive Name

Capacity

Size, Weight

Notes

US SRP

Outpost.com

Buslink USB Hard Drive

3.2, 6.4, 10 GB

3" x 2" x 1.5", 32 oz

AC adapter

$200, 280, 480

no

DataZone DataBook

4, 6, 8,10, 14 GB

6.75" x 4.25" x 1.1", 12 oz

comes in different colors

$349, 449, 499, 599, 799

yes

Fantom USB Hard Drive

15.2, 25, 34, 37.5 GB

unknown

unknown

$315, 459, 619, 649

yes

LaCie EKO Hard Drive

6.4, 10, 20 GB

1" x 4" 5.75", 22 oz

internal

?

no

USBgear Megastore

13, 20, 27, 36, 40 GB

7.75" x 10" x 2.5"

AC adapter, 3 year warranty

$289, 339, 399, 479, 519

no

VST USB Hard Drive

6 GB

3" x 5.6" x 0.68", 6.5 oz.

AC adapter, 3 colors

$430

yes

Know of other Mac-compatible USB hard drives? Please !

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