Articles about firewire

Apple G4 Cube

El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

Cache in the Attic If you're lucky, old gear doesn't so much die as get given away or retired. Indeed, some kit is just too quirky to dispose of, even though it gets wheezy whenever you fire up a browser. Forget computing with it though, says Andrew Orlowski, the value can lie elsewhere. Apple Power Mac G4 Cube Why keep an Apple G4 Cube in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Dec 2013
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... optical disc drives

Buyer's Guide Optical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers. At its simplest, an optical disc can load applications or play music or films, and at its most complex, in the form of a dual-layer, Blu-ray BD-RE disc, it …
Smarter Memory

Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... HDDs

Buyer's Guide Despite advances in other kinds of storage, hard drives are the backbone of the vast majority of desktops and notebooks. And they are still the most cost-effective way of adding extra storage capacity to an older machine. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and remarkably robust in service. Typical warranties run from three to …
Simon Williams, 18 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Kit steals Mac login passwords through FireWire port

A California software maker has released a program that quickly recovers login passwords from Macs, even when running Apple's completely overhauled OS X Lion, that have been locked, put into sleep mode, or have FileVault disk encryption turned on. Passware Kit Forensic v11 works by capturing a Mac's computer memory over …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jul 2011

Intel throws Thunderbolt

Now we know why Intel was dragging its feet with USB 3.0 support - it's got its own competing interconnect that's twice as fast in Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak). Thunderbolt is a 10Gbit/s, bi-directional, dual channel, copper link containing an Intel controller chip and supporting two protocols: DisplayPort and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
Seagate GoFlex adaptor

Seagate intros 'universal' external hard drives

Hard drive maker Seagate has revamped its range of external HDDs, restyling the line as the FreeAgent GoFlex series - drives with a proprietary interface that feeds standard ports through adaptor cables. The notion is simple. You buy your drive, which comes with a USB 2.0 adaptor, but if you want to, say, take advantage of …
Tony Smith, 5 May 2010
Promise SmartStor DS4600

Nas box maker pitches non-network, still attached storage

Nas specialist Promise has introduced an 8TB storage box designed to connected not to a network but directly to a Mac, Windows PC or Linux box. Promise SmartStor DS4600 Promise's SmartStor DS4600: Looks like a Nas box, but isn't The SmartStor DS4600 contains four 2TB hard drives which can be configured in Raid 1 or 5. The …
Tony Smith, 1 Feb 2010
Apple MacBook Pro 13in June 2009

Apple MacBook Pro 13in June 2009 release

Review Apple has always kept a clear dividing line between consumer products for home and education users, and more expensive professional models offering higher performance and additional features. And, until quite recently, its laptop range had stuck rigidly to that formula. Apple MacBook Pro 13in June 2009 Apple's MacBook Pro …
Stephen Dean, 20 Jul 2009
hands waving dollar bills in the air

SuperSpeed USB PCs to ship by year-end

Getting tired of waiting for backups to an external drive to complete? The first PCs using SuperSpeed USB could appear by the end of the year, with 2010 seeing the start of a mass rollout. According to a Techon Nikkei report, Taiwanese PC manufacturers will be first off the mark. SuperSpeed USB, or USB 3.0, increases the …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2009

WD drops 4TB whopper

Like Burger King, Western Digital believes in whoppers; it's just announced a 4TB capacity My Book external drive. Inside this My Book Studio Edition II is a pair of 2TB SATA drives with four interfaces to a host PC: eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximum performance, with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for more pedestrian and wide- …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2009
HDMI

4K by 2K resolution, Ethernet-equipped HDMI 1.4 announced

Ladies and Gentlemen, will you please welcome HDMI 1.4, the latest incarnation of the all-digital hi-def interconnect. Due for publication by the end of June, the HDMI 1.4 spec's key elements are integrated networking, support for bigger screen sizes, 3D friendliness and a new, more compact connector. The addition of …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2009

eSATA: A doomed stopgap?

Comment The external SATA (eSATA) interconnect is merely an interim idea and the coming of USB 3.0 will kill it off, according to Verbatim's EMEA business development manager Hans Christoph Kaiser. The background is that eSATA, running at 3Gbit/s (around 300MB/sec), is meant to connect external disk drives to PCs using the SATA …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2009

WD adds Firewire 800 to Mac-friendly hard drive

Western Digital has added a Firewire 800 interface to its Mac-oriented My Passport Studio external hard drive line, the better to appeal to buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pro. MacBook owners are, of course, stuck with slower USB 2.0 drives thanks to Apple's decision not to equip the consumer-oriented model with a Firewire port …
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008

Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Review The new MacBook Pro may not be the total revamp that the renewed MacBook is, but it’s an attractive – and intriguing – update nonetheless. The aluminium chassis has been slightly modified – curved edges similar to those of the MacBook Air make it marginally slimmer and give it a less rectangular look. The display's new glass …
Stephen Dean, 24 Oct 2008

OWC intros 'world's first' four-interface Blu-ray burner

US peripherals specialist Other World Computing (OWC) today touted what it claims is the world's first external Blu-ray Disc burners with two species of Firewire port - 400 and 800 - plus USB and eSata interfaces. The Mercury Pro incorporates a 4x Blu-ray writer that can handle both single- and dual-layer media in both …
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2008

WD pitches Firewire pocket HDD

Western Digital has released a Mac-friendly version of its My Passport Studio portable external hard drive, fitting the unit with a Firewire 400 port and pre-formatting it with Mac OS X's HFS+ file system. Sure to please Mac fans? Well, possibly not. While WD was quick to tout the external drive's ability to be powered by the …
Tony Smith, 22 May 2008

Firewire chip maker touts 1.6Gb/s silicon

Chip maker Symwave has claimed the crown for the world's fastest desktop data transfer now that it has begun sampling a Firewire S1600 chip. The 2GHz part delivers data transfer speeds of up to 1.6Gb/s. That's double Firewire's current top speed, 800Mb/s, and, Symwave was quick to note, "nearly four times faster" than USB 2.0 …
Tony Smith, 9 Apr 2008

Firewire to gain 3.2Gb/s bandwidth boost

Not to be outdone by rival peripheral interconnect technology USB, Firewire is likewise having its data throughput increased, the organisation behind the standard said today. But it's target speed of 3.2Gb/s falls some way below that of USB 3.0. Firewire currently supports two speeds: 400Mb/s and 800Mb/s. Both use different …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2007

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