TARGET=”_top”>FirewireDirect has announced a new inexpensive line of 2.5″ and 3.5″ FireWire hard drives. The new “Essential” line of portable and desktop drives includes the Ultra ES, a 3.5″ external hard drive system running at 7200 RPM with prices starting at US$175.95 for a 40GB model. The Spark ES is a compact portable drive with a 2.5″ mechanism available in configurations up to 60GB. The drive is less than an inch thick with prices starting at $159.95. Both of these models feature the high performance Oxford 911 FireWire bridge boards.