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The FireWire DriveDock, which I discussed a few weeks ago, arrived yesterday. The prices of 80 GB 7200 RPM drives came down a bit since then—I got a WD800JB (7200 RPM, 8 MB cache) for $105 including shipping from NewEgg. I'll buy another 80 or 120 GB disk in a few weeks or months when my finances permit.

Tonight I tried plugging this tape drive (whose abortive installation caused the FireWire ports in my desktop G4 to die) into the DriveDock, and was happy to note that it worked.

Not that I'd use it this way, of course, but it's nice to know that OS X and Retrospect support some rather bizarre and nonstandard configurations.

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