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Rain StormDrive and StormDrive Pocket

Rain Recording announced two external hard drives: the StormDrive and the StormDrive Pocket. Both drives include one USB 2 and two FireWire ports and an 8MB buffer, and boasts quiet operation with fanless cooling.

IEEE-1394 repeater functionality is built into the two FireWire ports for easy daisy-chaining. Each model has a lightweight aluminum enclosure that provides heat dissipation, ruggedness and the ability to stack units. Internal shock-mount suspension reduces the risk of hard drive failure during movement and improves noise dampening. Plug-and-play operation offers instant OS recognition for PC and Mac, with compatibility including 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X.

The StormDrive features a 3.5-inch 300GB Seagate drive with SoftSonic technology that eliminates the “whine” sound from the drive for virtually silent operation. Vents on the bottom and sides ensure efficient cooling without the need for a fan, even at 7,200 rpm. An 8-Meg buffer allows for sustained track count without the need for higher rpms and the resultant noise and heat. The rear panel contains two 6-pin 1394a connectors, one USB mini-B connector, power adapter port and a power switch.

The StormDrive Pocket features a 2.5-inch 100GB Seagate drive running at 5,400 rpm with an 8-Meg buffer. Extremely compact and quiet, the StormDrive Pocket measures 5.25x3x0.75 (LxWxH) inches. The rear panel contains two 6-pin 1394a connectors, one USB mini-B connector and a power adapter port. The StormDrive Pocket can be bus-powered via FireWire and ships with a power adapter.

The StormDrive and StormDrive Pocket are now shipping with MSRPs of $599 and $499, respectively. Visit the Rain Recording online store at