Maxtor is shipping a new FireWire-based external hard-drive.

The 80GB Maxtor External Storage Drive is hot swappable and features transfer rates at FireWire’s current maximum standard – 400Mbps.

The solution is built around Maxtor's award-winning DiamondMax hard drive, which holds the world record for capacity. The 80GB version can hold up to 80 hours of compressed digital video, or 8,000 3.3-megapixel-quality digital photos.

The Maxtor External Storage solution measures 41-x-152-x-219 mm. The 80GB drive costs £399, and the 40GB version is £279.