H45 Technology Announces QUICKDRIVE, a Conversion Kit that Permits the Re-use of Surplus Hard Drives as External Backup or Additional Storage.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 1996---H45 Technology's new QUICKDRIVE enables users to get more life out of surplus hard drives.
As computers are upgraded to handle the demands of new software, the old hard drive can be re-used rather than discarded. For less than $100 the old drive can be put to use as a backup device See backup storage. or can be used as a portable storage subsystem The part of a computer system that provides the storage. It includes the controller and disk drives. See storage system. . QUICKDRIVE is a compact enclosure for any 3.5" IDE hard drive, and the kit comes complete with an internal power supply and parallel port interface.
"QUICKDRIVE is the perfect answer to the question of what to do with surplus drives," said Henryk Szejnwald, president of H45 Technology. "As users upgrade to Windows 95, Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. or OS/2 they usually add a larger hard drive and then wonder how to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose the old unit. QUICKDRIVE permits the surplus drive to be used as a portable device or in place of tape backup Using magnetic tape for storing duplicate copies of hard disk files. Users can add an internal or external tape drive to their desktop computers for backup purposes, and files are typically copied to the tapes using a backup utility that updates on a periodic schedule. . The use of the parallel port makes it simple to connect and easy to use, and EPP (1) (Enhanced Parallel Port) See IEEE 1284.
(2) (Ethernet Packet Processor) A chip from Kalpana, Inc., Santa Clara, CA that doubles speed of Ethernet transmission to 20Mbits/sec. In 1994, Kalpana was acquired by Cisco. parallel ports provide data transfer rates that are almost as fast as the internal IDE controller card. Typically QUICKDRIVE provides higher performance than the IOMEGA ZIP drive The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable disk storage system, introduced by Iomega in late 1994. Originally it had a capacity of 100 MB, but later versions increased this to first 250 MB and then 750 MB. , and in addition to larger storage capacity the total cost to the user is much less."
The QUICKDRIVE is a complete kit with everything needed to connect virtually any 3.5" IDE drive. Rails are provided for shock-mounting the drive, and the kit contains all internal cables for simple connection. QUICKDRIVE has both a parallel port and printer pass-through port, and the pass-through port can be used to connect other parallel port devices in a daisy-chain manner. QUICKDRIVE comes complete with installation and device driver software for DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2 operating systems. Simple, easy to follow instructions are included.
CONTACT: H45 Technology, Mountain View
Henryk Szejnwald, 415/961-9114
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