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  Product:     Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive  
  Price:     $249 (CAN) / $190 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ximeta Inc
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     January 27th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Mary from Ximeta Inc for sending the Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive for review.

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Portable and external storage solutions provide a unique challenge for administrators looking to expand the storage capacity of their internal networks. There are a wide variety of available solutions which are designed specifically to be universally adapted into an existing network configuration. While high-end and tier one storage solutions are usually associated with a high cost factor; Ximeta Inc based out of Irvine, California has been developing a series of affordable storage devices designed specifically for the consumer market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive; a unique product which offers pre-configured storage capacity for universal platforms.


The NetDisk 80GB External Drive is one of four different portable storage solutions offered by Ximeta Inc. Consumers have the option of selecting storage devices ranging from 80GB to 250GB in three different colours (Silver, Purple and Red). The premise behind this product is that it has been designed for Home Networks, Home Offices, Small to Medium Businesses, and is suitable for both Workgroups and Individual use. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Ximeta Inc website:

Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive - Key Specifications:
Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive: Manufactured by Ximeta Inc
Dimension: 36.5mm (H) x 210.5mm (L) x 119.5mm (W)
Weight: 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
Model Number: NDU10-80 / NDU10-120 / NDU10-160 / NDU10-250
Formatted Capacity: 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB
Interface: Ethernet, USB2.0 and 1.1
Cable Type: Category 5e or better
LEDs: 2 (Power and Link/ACT)
AC input voltage: 110 ~ 220 VAC
AC input frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
AC output current (converted power): 5V, 1.5A, 12V, 1.5A
Operating Temperature: 5 to 50 C
Storage Temperature: -40 to 70 C
Thermal Gradient: 20/hr
Operating Humidity: 5 to 90%, non-condensing
Non Humidity: 5 to 95%, non-condensing
Shock: 2ms, 63g
Non Op. Shock: 2ms, 350g
Average Read Seek: 8.9 ms average
Track-to-Track Seek: 0.8 ms average
Average Latency: 4.17 ms average
Rotational Speed: 7,200 RPM
Buffer: 2 MB
Drive Ready: 7 seconds
Warranty: 1 year
Certifications: FCC Class B, CE Class B

Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive - Features:
Operating Systems: Windows 98SE/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, Linux Redhat 8.0 & 9.0
Requirements: USB 1.1 Port (2.0 recommended) or Ethernet IEEE802.3u
Requirements: Pentium II class equivalent processor or higher and CDROM
Requirements: 100mb/full duplex switch required for Ethernet
Quick and Easy to install and instant high-speed storage
Features Ethernet and USB 2.0 & 1.1 interface connections, allowing it to freely switch roles as a network and local storage device
NetDisk is automatically available to all users connected through a Local Area Network (LAN)
Simultaneous mirroring for secure backup
Allows multiple NetDisk units to be recognized as one large drive
Hot-swappable connect and disconnect without powering off your computer
Portable and Compact, user-friendly and Plug-N-Play ready
Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive
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Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive
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The NetDisk 80GB External Drive was shipped in a standard double-walled corrugated cardboard box with the Ximeta logos printed on all sides. The packaging was very eye catching with a large view of the NetDisk 80GB External Storage Drive across the front. On the rear of the packaging was a summarized list of product specifications as well as three references diagrams on how to connect the unit. Upon opening up the packaging, the product is sealed with protective plastic and secured by two pieces of polystyrene which is located on the left and right hand sides.

Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive
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Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive
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The Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive includes an assortment of accessories which include the following:
  • NetDisk Ethernet/USB 2.0 Combo External Hard Drive
  • Ethernet cable (UTP Category 5)
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • AC Adapter with power cord
  • Software Installation CD
  • Quick Install Guide
  • One year warranty card
The documentation included with Ximeta NetDisk 80GB External Drive was very well written and extensive; providing an abundance of useful information for both the novice and experienced user. Consumers have the option of using the 2-page Quick Install Guide or can use the Software Installation CD to retrieve more detailed instructions in Word or Adobe format. Additional instruction is also provided in an easy to use interactive menu system which will be demonstrated later in this review.
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