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Avastor SDX Portable Hard Drives Following the success of the HDX line of professional hard drives comes the smaller and more competitively priced SDX models. The SDX has a 7200-RPM SATA II internal drive mechanism with up to 32 MB of cache memory. The SDX-1000 retains one of the HDX-1500 features: quad interfacing. Manufactured using the Oxford Bridge chipset, you can connect the SDX-1000 model using your choice of interface connections: Firewire 400, Firewire 800, USB 2.0 or the nascent eSATA--External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment for up to 3GB/sec transfer rates.

Besides their smaller size, other main differences are the external power supply, and super bright power on/off and disc access LEDs. The drive's smart-looking, anodized aluminum case and world-ready, 90-240V auto-sensing power supply make it a good choice for moving data across the room or across the globe.

I received a 500GB SDX-1000 Quad drive and it got busy copying Pro Tools session data. It's first job: copy/backup 265GB--that's 138,624 files from my internal 'work' drive. It blew through that little task without breaking a sweat due to its built-in super-quiet cooling fan. I next archived my entire 195 GB sample library as insurance against loss. Again the SDX performed flawlessly and I liked the bright activity lights and its small size--about the size of an average paperback book. (Sweet!)

The SDX line is available in three models: SDX-200 (USB 2.0), SDX-400 (FW400/USB 2.0) and SDX-1000 (Quad), each with a choice of 80, 160, 250, 500, 750 or 1,000 GB (1 TB) capacities. They are all backed by a comprehensive two-year warranty and start at $135 MSRP. For more visit

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