CalDigit 1TB AV Drive External Hard Drive

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CalDigit 1TB AV Drive External Hard Drive
Key Features
  • USB 3.0
  • FireWire-800
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 & FireWire-400
  • Cool & Quiet Design
The 1TB AV Drive External Hard Drive from CalDigit is a high-performance external hard drive, compatible with Mac and Windows computer systems. It features USB 3.0 and FireWire-800 connectivity for maximum performance, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire-400 hosts -- albeit at slower speeds.
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CalDigit AV Drive Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Incredible Speed USB 3.0
  • 3Optimized FireWire-800
  • 4CalDigit SuperSpeed PCI Express Card
  • 5Attention to Detail
  • 6Efficient
  • 7Heat Management
  • 8Speed +
  • 9We Don't Just Assemble, We Create
  • 10Legendary Support
  • 11Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 12A Helping Hand
  • 13CalDigit AV Drive Assistant
  • 14Time Machine Ready
  • 15Carbon Copy Cloner Included
  • 16Intuitive RAID Tool
  • 17Professional Grade
  • 18Optional Rack Mount Kit

The 1TB AV Drive External Hard Drive from CalDigit is a high-performance external hard drive, compatible with Mac and Windows computer systems. It features USB 3.0 and FireWire-800 connectivity for maximum performance, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire-400 hosts -- albeit at slower speeds.

The drive is capable of sustained transfer rates of up to 145MB/sec when connected via USB 3.0. If you opt for a FireWire-800 connection, speeds will be about 85MB/sec. CalDigit offers optional adapter cards -- in PCI Express and ExpressCard/34 form factors -- that allow you to add USB 3.0 support to your PC or Mac. The drive is housed in an aluminum enclosure with a temperature-controlled smart fan, ensuring cool and quiet operation.

Incredible Speed USB 3.0

Fast speeds with USB 3.0 now available for PC and Mac! The CalDigit AV Drive is the first device to offer SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity for the Mac. CalDigit's top class engineers developed specialized PCI Express cards and drivers to support the optimum USB 3.0 experience. The USB 3.0 interface is capable of 5Gbps transfer speeds. Not only is it faster than USB 2.0, it offers significant improvements in power management and data flow. USB 3.0 is the ideal choice for audio and visual professionals. Best of all, it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

Optimized FireWire-800

USB 3.0 speeds are up to 5Gbps, much faster than most of today's popular interfaces. If you don't have USB 3.0 yet, FireWire-800 will allow you to connect to your current computer. Then when you get the CalDigit SuperSpeed PCI Express Card or a USB 3.0 equipped computer, you will be ready to start using the CalDigit AV Drive at the fastest possible speeds. The CalDigit AV Drive features the latest in FireWire technology from CalDigit. Unlike other FireWire-800 drives on the market, which have typical speeds of 58MB/sec though 74MB/sec, the CalDigit AV Drive can achieve speeds of 85MB/sec. This 30% increase in speed allows for faster file transfers and more real time when video editing.

CalDigit SuperSpeed PCI Express Card

CalDigit offers an optional SuperSpeed PCI Express Card for systems without a built-in USB 3.0 support. CalDigit also offers an optional SuperSpeed ExpressCard/34 for laptops with ExpressCard support.

Attention to Detail

As important as aesthetics are, what is under the hood is equally as important. The AV Drive was designed to bring users the highest quality product at the best value. CalDigit engineers spent a great deal of time fine tuning every last detail. The internal components of the AV Drive feature a cable-less design so there is no need to worry about loose parts and thus decreasing the likelihood of problems. The components of the AV Drive are housed in a strong aluminum chassis designed to handle the abuse of everyday life. The sleek and sexy design is as functional as it is good looking. The front facing button allows the user to power the AV Drive with ease, while also serving as a status indicator


The CalDigit AV Drive was designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Special power management technology allows the AV Drive to sleep, wake and shutdown along with the computer. If the computer goes to sleep, the AV Drive will follow. CalDigit uses top quality components in the power adapters and specifically designs them with grounding support to protect and prolong the life of your product.

Heat Management

Effective cooling is usually what separates a good drive from a dead drive. Most manufacturers use heat sinks to cut production costs but they aren't all that effective on their own. CalDigit focuses on the customers and their precious data. To help with heat dissipation, the AV Drive features an ambient temperature-controlled smart fan. This special fan monitors the heat output of the AV Drive and turns on only when needed. This ensures both a cool and quiet experience.

Speed +

The CalDigit AV Drive is fast! Reaching speeds of over 145MB/sec from a single drive. The CalDigit AV Drive runs laps around any other product in its class. Compact and specifically designed for audio and video applications, the AV Drive is portable and made to handle some of the most demanding media formats.

We Don't Just Assemble, We Create

CalDigit is more than just a brand. We design, innovate and create. Unlike other storage brands, CalDigit is involved with every part of manufacturing process, from conceptualization to production. We have the passion for what we do and strive to provide our customers with the best product possible. Doing so requires being completely involved in all aspects of production, not just throwing OEM parts together and stamping a logo on it. CalDigit takes pride in being unique, and all products are built exclusively by CalDigit. Simply put, there is nothing quite like a CalDigit drive.

Legendary Support

It's just the beginning after you purchase your CalDigit AV Drive. Like all of CalDigit's great products, the CalDigit AV Drive is made from quality components and made to last. The CalDigit AV Drive also comes with CalDigit's legendary technical support.

Instead of filling out forms or listening to an automated machine, customers get to talk to real people. CalDigit's technical team knows more than just storage, they understand the applications used in today's popular workflows. Unlike other companies who simply issue RMA numbers whenever a problem arises, the CalDigit technical support team will address the issue and hit the root of the problem. They understand the horrors of down time and work quickly and efficiently every step of the way to get the products up and running again.

CalDigit and its knowledgeable technical support team are dedicated to its customers. If there is a problem, CalDigit aims to provide the best solution possible.

CalDigit builds and manufactures most of the major components used in the CalDigit AV Drive and uses only quality hard drives from leading manufacturers.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

CalDigit is committed to providing users with the best possible experience. Because CalDigit has designed and built the CalDigit AV Drive from the ground up, they can stand behind it with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. CalDigit prides itself in providing the highest quality customer service and knows the importance of building long lasting relationships. If you are not completely satisfied with the CalDigit AV Drive, CalDigit offers a 30 day money back guarantee.

A Helping Hand

CalDigit prides itself not only by providing the best storage solutions for content creation, but actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. Built and designed with an all aluminum enclosure and recyclable material, the AV Drive also comes preloaded with CalDigit Drive Assistant which includes a PDF manual and software. By eliminating the unnecessary production of paper manuals and driver CDs, the CalDigit AV Drive is not only environmentally friendly, but makes installation a breeze. The CalDigit AV Drive is also RoHS compliant, eliminating the use of hazardous substances.

CalDigit AV Drive Assistant

The CalDigit AV Drive comes preloaded with CalDigit Drive Assistant which makes it easy to install and format the AV Drive. It also contains the CalDigit USB 3.0 driver, CalDigit AV Drive manual and Carbon Copy Cloner backup software.

Time Machine Ready

The CalDigit AV Drive is Time Machine ready. The blazing speeds of the CalDigit AV Drive makes Time Machine backups fast, and saves you time when restoring data.

Carbon Copy Cloner Included

The powerful and user friendly software comes bundled with the AV Drive, making it easy to clone, backup, schedule and synchronize your data.

Intuitive RAID Tool

The AV Drive comes with RAID Tool, a powerful utility packed with many features in a user-friendly interface. It offers real time information such as drive temperature, health and error logging. RAID Tool can also send email notifications and provides firmware update capabilities.

Professional Grade

The AV Drive has been optimized for Audio and Video, making it the perfect companion for professional Audio and Video software. The CalDigit AV Drive is powerful enough work with these high end applications, and extremely easy to use.

Optional Rack Mount Kit

CalDigit also understands how important it is to be organized. Having kept this in mind, with an optional rack mount kit, the CalDigit AV Drive can be mounted for use in the studio. This saves space and allows convenient organization for multiple drives.

CalDigit AV Drive Specs

Interface1x USB 3.0
2x 9-Pin FireWire-800
Drive Speed7200rpm
Buffer≥ 32MB
Average Seek Time8.9ms
Sustained Data Transfer RateUSB 3.0: 145MB/sec
FireWire-800: 85MB/sec
System RequirementsOperating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
Hardware: FireWire-800, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or FireWire-400 port
MountingDesktop; Optional rackmount kit available
Power RequirementsAC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 1.3A
DC: 12VDC, 3A
Environmental RequirementsOperating
Temperature: 32-122°F (0-50°C)
Humidity: 20-80%

Temperature: -4-140°F (-20-60°C)
Humidity: 10-80%
Dimensions5.4 x 1.8 x 8.3" (13.6 x 4.6 x 21.1cm)
Weight3.3 lb (1.5kg)

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