Device Bay


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Device Bay

An early peripheral format from Compaq, Intel and Microsoft that enabled disk and optical drives to be hot swapped without opening the case. Introduced in 1997, Device Bay drives connected via USB or FireWire in DB13, DB20 and DB32 form factors (13, 20 and 32mm heights). See hot swap, personal media drive, USB and FireWire.
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The good news is that it seems the future really is here this time -- in fact, Microsoft's second edition of Windows 98, which debuted this spring, now offers full Device Bay support and Apple is in progress to offer the same full support.
In 1997, Microsoft published a Device Bay specification, defining a standard architecture for connecting removable devices, external enclosures, and notebook or desktop computers together.