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Adding PC Storage Space the Easy Way

Techstination feature for Thursday, November 30, 2000

Running out of PC storage space? I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. That hard drive on your computer is a lot like a garage, I've noticed. No matter how big it is, it fills up with all kinds of junk. Especially today when you have collections of digital pictures and music. Adding a second hard drive isn't a job most people want to undertake, but folks at Maxtor have a new solution that makes it pretty simple. An external drive that plugs into what is called a FireWire or IEEE1394 port... .

"It's so much easier to add storage this way instead of having to open up your system and having to remove your old hard drive. This just totally removes that difficulty and basically this turns adding storage into plug and play."

Jim Welsh of Maxtor. New Mac computers and some Windows based computers have built in FireWire ports. For PCs without one, Maxtor is including an easy to plug in card for free... for a limited time... after a rebate. The 40 gigabyte drive sells for 280 dollars. The 80 gigabyte version is going for four hundred dollars. Despite the price difference...

"The 80 gigabyte is outselling the 40 gigabyte probably three or four to one. With video, it'll store up to 80 hours of compressed video."

And the FireWire ports make bringing video into your computer from digital video cameras a snap. You can find more information on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.