Union City, California (EastBayDaily) — FirmTek, a pioneer and leader in storage solutions for Apple Macintosh and PC systems, today ships the bus-powered miniSwap/U3 with blazing-fast performance up to 440MB/s for new computers with USB 3.0 and legacy computers with USB 2.0 ports. An industry first and perfect for 2.5" solid state (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD). The enclosure provides trayless, hot-swap, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external enclosure support for Mac and PC computers.
440MB/s – Ultra-Fast & Easy Drive Mounting
Convenient, easy access drive connections make the miniSwap/U3 an incredible tool for savvy performance minded computer professionals. The new high performance miniSwap/U3 offers more than double the speed of traditional USB 3.0 enclosures at an affordable price. Customers can utilize different drives for different purposes, providing virtually unlimited data capacity. Installing bare drives with no tools required, is as simple as opening the bay door and sliding the drive in.
The small, yet rugged, miniSwap/U3 can be integrated as a portable on-the-go 2.5" enclosure, or as a space saving high performance 2.5" desktop drive mounting station. Multiple miniSwap/U3 enclosures can be connected to provide advanced RAID performance, expanded capacity, and simple or complex storage configurations. The unique miniSwap/U3 trayless design supports standard 2.5-inch Serial ATA SSD or HDD 9.5mm height devices along with 7mm, 12.5mm and even larger disks up to 14.9mm.
Instant SSD Boot Drive Upgrade – Mac OS X
Trying to open the latest iMac or Mac mini to upgrade to an SSD boot drive is time consuming, expensive and may void the Apple warranty. Instead, simply connect the miniSwap/U3 to enjoy the amazing fast boot speed of SSD. Save money by using a standard SSD to boot the 2012 Mac mini, iMac, Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. No need to purchase an expensive non-standard SSD or special tools – just connect the U3 to boot from your favorite 2.5" SSD. Whether you need additional storage, Time Machine backup, bootable backup or simply a faster system the miniSwap/U3 does it all – with instant SSD/HDD mounting.
Surface Pro High-Speed Storage Expansion
Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets come in two storage capacities, 64GB and 128GB, but for most customers this is not enough. A USB flash drive can add a little extra storage, but the miniSwap/U3 offers performance more than 400% faster than typical USB 3.0 flash drives and virtually unlimited storage capacity. Hot swap drives in and out of the miniSwap/U3 for superior flexibility, high-performance (up to 400MB/s) and high-capacity large drive support. The small form factor of the miniSwap/U3 makes it an outstanding portable accessory for Surface Pro owners.
Enjoy amazing high-end performance at a great low price. The quality built miniSwap/U3 offers demanding speed, portability and the ease of use demanded by today's professional computer user. Fully compatible with USB 3.0 ports or backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, the miniSwap/U3 is designed to excel with audio/video editing, computer animation, digital photography, portable computing, storage expansion, backup and any application where external, flexible, trayless, hot-swap, high performance data storage is desirable.
miniSwap/U3 Key Features and Benefits Attractive, durable, bus-powered, portable trayless enclosure supports 2.5-inch SATA SSD or HDD Ultra quiet, fan free, aluminum heat dissipation cooling system Easy to set up: No screws, no drive tray required, swap drives in seconds Easy to operate: Simply open the door to insert or remove the storage device for virtually unlimited capacity Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm and 14.9mm drive heights Ultra-high performance 5 Gbit/s bandwidth design with Power and Activity LED Supports SATA 1.5G, 3G or 6G HDD or SSD 2.5-inch form factor with any capacity Can be configured as RAID when used with multiple miniSwap/U3 enclosures – Mac OS X Aluminum case for maximum durability and heat dissipation High performance can handle multiple projects simultaneously Perfect for both storage-hungry and speed-sensitive applications Cross-platform, PC and Macintosh compatible, operating system independent Backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports running Mac OS X, Windows or Linux SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance requires USB 3.0 port, Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher or Windows 8 Kensington Security Slot
The FirmTek miniSwap/U3 is now available from FirmTek authorized resellers (Part# MS-U3). Specially priced build-to-order miniSwap/U3 bundles with custom pre-installed SATA hard disks or SSD configurations are also available. For more information about the miniSwap/U3 please visit FirmTek's website at http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/miniswap-u3/.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded by former Apple engineers, FirmTek is a leading hardware and firmware research and development company focusing on storage technologies. The company takes pride in developing the most reliable and most compatible high performance enhancement solutions offered through FirmTek's OEM and worldwide distribution channels. For information on how FirmTek helps users deploy, and organizations develop, advanced storage solutions, visit FirmTek's website at http://www.firmtek.com, or drop us a line at the FirmTek support page.