User’s Guide
VST FireWire
Hard Drive
What’s Inside The Box:
VST FireWire
Hard Drive
Installation Software CD
Also, in the box:
• 1394 Compliant Cable
• QuickStart Card
• AC Power Adapter (Full Height only)
Note: All documentation is also resident
on the Installation Software CD
Optional Accessories
available at
or by calling us at (978) 635-8200:
• AC Power Adapter (for thin drives) .......... Model # ACFWS
• Cable (2 ft /0.7M).......................................... Model # FWCBL2
• Cable (6 ft /2.0M).......................................... Model # FWCBL6
• Cable (12 ft /3.7M) ...................................... Model # FWCBL12
• Kensington Lock .......................................... Model # KL01
© 1999 VST Technologies, Inc.
VST FireWire Hard Drive User’s Guide Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Product Description
FireWire Features, Advantages and Benefits
Traditional VST Features and Convenience
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Unplugging the FireWIre Drive
Connecting Multiple FireWire Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Connection Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
FireWire Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
FireWire Description
Hardware and Software Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Installing FireWire Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Electronic Compliance and Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover
Product Description
FireWire is an exciting new technology for connecting high speed serial
devices to CPU’s. VST’s FireWire Hard Drives are the most convenient, efficient and portable storage products you have ever used. They are fast,
lightweight, thin, simple to connect and use and very portable. The thin
FireWire Hard Drives are conveniently powered from the FireWire Bus, so
no external power supply is required. An AC Power Adapter is included
with the Full Height FireWire Hard Drives.
FireWire Features, Advantages and Benefits
FireWire is much easier to use – it is hot-pluggable, allowing you to plug a
device into the CPU and not have to reboot the machine.
The device drivers are loaded automatically, there are no bulky cables, terminators or SCSI ID switches to set. You can move a drive from one machine
to the other and just plug in. You can store your full backup on a drive and
take it from machine to machine.
Traditional VST Features and Convenience
VST is bringing multiple FireWire product families to market. Our focus on
smaller, light weight and thinner packaging enables us to produce more
attractive and convenient products for you, the consumer. We thank you
for your purchase of a VST product and promise you the highest quality
and best world class user experience we can deliver.
IEEE 1394 Compliant FireWire Drive
Thin, lightweight, high performance design for portability
FireWire Bus Powered, no external power supply required (thin drives only)
Designed for PC and Macintosh® desktop and mobile solutions
High non-operating shock tolerance up to 500G
Data transfer rates up to 400 Mbps
Plug & Play ease of use
Hot-plug and unplug supported*
Dual 6-pin FireWire ports
No device IDs or termination
Supports Kensington Lock for Security
* Hot-plug and unplug using Mac OS “Put Away” Command
Prior to beginning the installation, disconnect any FireWire devices from
your computer.
For Mac OS Users:
1. Insert the FireWire installation CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2. Double-click on the driver install icon and follow the directions, then
restart your Macintosh.
3. Full Height Hard Drives Only: Plug the AC Adapter into the power
port on the FireWire Hard Drive and connect the cord to an electrical
4. Plug one end of the FireWire cable (included) into any FireWire port
on your Macintosh.
5. Plug the other end of the FireWire cable into either of the FireWire
Hard Drive ports.
6. The drive will mount on your desktop within about 5-8 seconds.
For PC Windows Users:
1. Full Height Hard Drives Only: Plug the AC Adapter into the power
port on the FireWire Hard Drive and connect the cord to an electrical
2. Plug one end of the FireWire cable (included) into any FireWire port
on your PC.
3. Plug the other end of the FireWire cable into either of the FireWire
Hard Drive ports.
4. You will need to format the FireWire Hard Drive to work on your PC.
Go to our website at
for the literature on how to format your FireWire Drive on a PC.
Congratulations, you are ready to use your VST FireWire Hard Drive. You
may plug in additional drives, and they will mount too. Follow the connection guidelines listed below when connecting multiple devices.
Unplugging the FireWire Hard Drive
Mac OS Users:
Caution: Do not unplug the drive while the drive is mounted on
the desktop. If you unplug the drive while copying files to or from
the drive, data may be lost or the disk may be damaged. To unplug
the FireWire Hard Drive, follow these steps:
1. Drag the icon for the FireWire Hard Drive to the trash.
2. Wait until the disk icon disappears from the desktop.
3. You can now disconnect the drive.
Windows PC Users:
Do not disconnect the FireWire Hard Drive while your computer is running.
Data loss could result. Power down the computer and disconnect the drive.
Connecting Multiple FireWire Devices
If you need to connect more than one VST FireWire drive to a single computer, you may do so in two ways. If your computer has more than one
FireWire port, you may connect another drive to an unused FireWire port.
Alternatively, you may daisychain multiple VST FireWire drives by
connecting each additional drive to the unused port on the last drive in
the chain. See Connection Guidelines, below, for more information.
IMPORTANT: If you daisy chain more than two bus-powered
FireWire devices on a single computer FireWire Port, there may not
be enough power available from your computer to power-up
another drive. In this case, you must power additional FireWire
devices using the optional VST FireWire drive AC adapter which is
available from VST.
In order to allow for adequate
cooling, do not stack drives
more than two high.
Each VST FireWire Hard Drive includes
two: (2) 1394 ports A,
an optional DC input receptacle B,
and locking slot for an optional
Kensington Lock C (refer to the inside
front cover for model #’s).
Connection Guidelines
Follow these guidelines for connecting FireWire devices to the computer.
You may connect up to 30 VST devices at one time (see diagram, below).
Do not connect devices in such a way that any two devices have more
than 16 cables directly between them.
Do not connect FireWire cables in a way that forms a ring of devices.
Do not plug both ends of one cable into the same device.
Unused FireWire connections should be left empty. There are no
terminators for FireWire connections.
Connect devices that require power from FireWire directly to the
Do not unplug a FireWire device while it is being used. For example,
do not unplug a FireWire disk while copying files onto it.
If you have problems with digital video transfers, make certain that no
other FireWire devices are being used at the same time.
FireWire Information
(portions reprinted with permission of Apple Computer, Inc.)
Microsoft Windows 98SE and Windows 2000 support the IEEE 1394 high performance serial bus standard.
Apple's FireWire software (see for latest revision) is a
component of Mac OS that supports the IEEE 1394 High Performance Serial Bus
standard. FireWire software provides system extensions called FireWire Support
and FireWire Enabler. These extensions add services to the Mac OS to support
the use of FireWire hardware and software.
FireWire Description
FireWire is an Apple trademark for the IEEE 1394 standard. This cross-platform
digital peripheral interface standard is suitable for multimedia devices and
many other high performance applications. FireWire's benefits include fast
real-time transfer, plug-and-play, hot swapping, a higher-speed growth path,
and easy-to-use cables and connectors.
FireWire products currently available from third parties include hard drives, zip
drives, scanners, digital video cameras and digital video
decks, printers, still image cameras, and PCI cards that can
connect these devices to a computer. These products can
be used to capture digital still images and to perform
non-linear editing of digital video, including the creation
of new digital media content.
Hardware and Software Requirements
FireWire Software requires:
For Mac OS Users:
1. A Macintosh Computer with built-in FireWire port(s) or a Power Macintosh
G3 computer with a FireWire PCI or CardBus card.
2. Mac OS 8.5.1 or higher
For PC Windows Users:
1. A PC with at least a 200MHz Pentium and built-in FireWire port(s) or a
FireWire PCI Card.
2. Windows 98SE or higher
Customer information about FireWire can be found on Apple's web site at this
Developer information can be found on Apple's web site at
this address:
Information about the IEEE 1394 Trade Association, and many
FireWire products, can be found at these addresses:
Installing FireWire Software
For Mac OS Users:
Apple FireWire software may have been installed in the Extensions folder in the
System Folder on your Macintosh. Third party products, including the VST
FireWire Hard Drive, already include this extension, so you do not need to
install FireWire software separately. Carefully read all third party documentation (e.g. Read Me files) for the latest details. Be careful not to replace a newer
version of Apple FireWire Support or Apple FireWire enabler with an older version. If you are not sure of the versions, use the Get Info command in the Finder
to compare them first.
You can also find the latest version of FireWire software at
IMPORTANT: If you do not have a FireWire PCI card or built-in interface, there is no reason to install the FireWire Support extension.
However, it should not affect the computer's performance if it does
not have an interface and you have installed the extension.
If you want to use FireWire digital video devices with your computer, get the
latest version of QuickTime, which contains the necessary drivers. You can get
the latest version of QuickTime at Apple's World Wide Web site:
Note: These specifications are accurate at publication. For current specifications,
Bus interface:
FireWire (1394 Compliant)
Data transfer rate: 100, 200 and 400 Mbps
Package includes: FireWire Hard Drive
IEEE1394 connecting cable (6-pin to 6pin)
Supplemental power supply (Full Height Drive Only)
FireWire Software
Thin Drive
Full Height
Rotational Speed (Typical)
Latency (Avg)
Seek Time (Avg)
Data Transfer Rate (Typ)
Data Transfer Rate (Max)
Physical Specifications
Thin Drive
(4, 6 & 12GB) 3.0 in
(8, 10 & 18GB) 3.0 in
(14 & 25GB) 3.0 in
Full Height Drive
4.76 in (W)
121mm (W)
5.6 in
5.6 in
5.6 in
x 8.46 in (D)
x 215mm (D)
.70 in (H)
18mm (H)
.80 in (H)
20mm (H)
1.0 in (H)
25.4mm (H)
x 2.20 in (H)
x 56mm (H)
Thin Drive
(4,6 & 8GB)
184g (6.5oz)
(8,10 & 18GB) 234g (8.25oz)
(14 & 25GB) 326g (11.5oz)
Full Height Drive
1.05kg (37oz)
Operating environment:
5°C - 40°C (41°F - 104°F)
-40°C - 65°C (-40°F - 149°F)
Relative humidity (operating)
8% - 90% RH (Non-condensing)
5% - 95% RH (Non-condensing)
1.0G (5 - 400Hz)
5.0G (5 - 400Hz)
More than 300,000 power-on hours
Thin Drive
Power requirements: FireWire Bus or Optional External Power Supply
Power Requirement: +8 to 30Vdc input
Spin up (Max Peak) 7.0 Watts
Operating (Avg)
2.6 Watts
Idle (Avg)
0.9 Watts
100G 2mS
500G 2mS
Full Height Drive
Power requirements: External Power Supply
Power Requirement: 12vdc +/- 5%
Spin up (Max Peak) 30.0 Watts
Operating (Avg)
11.0 Watts
Idle (Avg)
7.6 Watts
65G 2mS
175G 2mS
(c)1999 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved.
Apple, the Apple logo, FireWire, Mac, Macintosh and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer,
Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple
Computer, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
holders. Mention of non-Apple products is for informational purposes and constitutes neither an
endorsement nor a recommendation. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection,
performance, or use of these products.
Electronic Compliance and Limited Warranty
Federal Communications Commission
Verified to comply with FCC Rules for Radiated and Conducted Emission, Part 15,
Subpart B, for Class B Equipment.
EC-EMC Declaration of Conformity
VST Technologies
125 Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720
declare under sole responsibility that the VST FireWire Hard Drive model numbers
FW9520, FW9540, FW1260, FW1280, FW1210, FW1714, FWFH10, FWFH14 & FWFH22
to which this declaration relates, meet the essential requirements and
are in conformity with the relevant EC Directives listed below using the
relevant section following EC standards and other normative documents:
EU EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
Essential health and safety requirements relating to electromagnetic compatibility
EN 55022 (1987) Class B
Limits and methods of measurements of Radio interference characteristics of
information technology equipment
IEC 801-2 (1991)
Electrostatic discharge requirements for industrial process measurement and
control equipment
EC 801-3 (1984)
Radiated electromagnetic field requirements for industrial process measurement
and control equipment
IEC 801-4 (1988)
Electrical fast transients for industrial process measurement and control equipment
EN 50082-1 (1992)
EC generic immunity requirements, category A&B
The CE marking has been affixed on the device according to article 10 of the EC Directive 89/336/EEC.
VST Technologies, Inc. warrants its products to be free of defects in material and workmanship under normal use and
service for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase or 18 months from the date of manufacture, whichever occurs
first. VST's sole obligation with respect to claims of non-conformance made within the one (1) year warranty period
described above shall be, at its option, to repair or replace any item of Equipment which VST, in its sole discretion,
determines to be defective. The Customer shall obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number from VST
prior to returning any Equipment to VST under this warranty by contacting Technical Support at (978) 635-8282 or email
at The Customer shall prepay shipping charges for Equipment returned to VST for warranty service, and VST shall pay freight charges for the return of the Equipment to the Customer, excluding customs duties or
taxes, if any. All returns require a dated proof of purchase and a letter explaining the problem. VST Technologies, Inc.
will not be responsible for items returned without an RMA or improperly packaged. Replacement Equipment shall be
new or like new in performance and shall be warranted for the remaining duration of the warranty term of the nonconforming Equipment. All replaced Equipment shall become the property of VST. Any claims of defects not made within such one (1) year period shall be deemed waived by Customer.
VST's warranty obligations hereunder are expressly conditioned upon (i.) the Products being properly installed, used and
maintained at all times by Customer; (ii.) the Products not being subject to unusual mechanical stress or unusual electrical or environmental conditions or other acts of God; (iii.) the Products not being subjected to misuse, accident or any
unauthorized installation/ deinstallation by Customer or other third party; (iv.) the Products not being altered or modified in an unauthorized manner, unless approved in writing or otherwise performed by VST and (v.) Customer promptly
installing all Product revisions which have been released for such Products by VST throughout the warranty term. VST
does not warrant that the Products will operate in any specific combination which may be selected for use by Customer
or that the operation of the Products will be uninterrupted or error free, or that all non-conformance or defects will be
remedied. Additionally, VST shall have no warranty obligations for any failure of the Products to conform to the applicable Product specifications resulting from the combination of any Product(s) with hardware and/or software not supplied by VST. If it is determined that any Product(s) reported as defective or non-conforming by Customer during the
warranty period is not defective or non-conforming, VST may, at its option, charge Customer for any labor provided and
expenses incurred by VST in connection with such determination, at VST's then current rates.
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