Models to outperform USB 2.0, FireWire units are expected this year.

External hard drives offer easy and practical storage, but they aren't as speedy as the internal models - yet. Vendors working on a new technical specification say that the first fast, new models of external drives could ship by midyear.
Several of those vendors are offering a peek at their plans at the Consumer Electronics Show here this week.

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