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SlashGear HP Data Vault X510 Giveaway!

SlashGear HP Data Vault X510 Giveaway!

If there's one thing we love more than reviewing top tech kit here at SlashGear it's giving it away to our readers, and HP have come through with some brilliant hardware that's up for grabs. They've offered an HP Data Vault X510 Windows Home Server - equally at home managing your multimedia library as it is acting as a centric backup store for all the computers on your network - worth around $700 for one lucky SlashGear reader, together with a number of other tempting prizes.

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Clickfree C2N Review

Clickfree C2N Review

Backup - we've called it an ugly, boring chore before and it remains a necessary evil. We've also called Clickfree's products an ideal way to address that chore before too, and with their latest drive - the Clickfree C2N - the company reckon they've managed to make running backups on all your home or small office systems even more straightforward. At the risk of sounding like a bad X-Files plot, that's something we want to believe; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Drobo FS “File Server” is NAS version of Drobo S [Video]

Drobo FS “File Server” is NAS version of Drobo S [Video]

Only yesterday we were singing the praises of the Data Robotics Drobo S, perfect if you need local, redundant storage for your workstation, and today the company have outed their NAS version.  The Drobo FS - or "Drobo File Server" - takes the Drobo S and swaps that model's USB/eSATA/FireWire for an gigabit ethernet port on the back, meaning you can share files protected using its BeyondRAID system across your network.

Video demo after the cut

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Imation offers magnetic tape medium with 1.5TB native capacity

Imation offers magnetic tape medium with 1.5TB native capacity

All around the country there are lots of businesses and consumers that use tape as a backup medium for important data. One of the most common tape backup devices is the sort that uses Imation magnetic tapes. Imation has unveiled a new magnetic tape cartridge that offers lots of storage space.

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Pogoplug add Xbox 360 & PS3 media streaming, remote backup

Pogoplug add Xbox 360 & PS3 media streaming, remote backup

Pogoplug are pushing out a new update for their plug-and-play HDD sharing system, improving media streaming functionality and adding in the ability to set automatic copy jobs.  The new Pogoplug firmware allows for streaming to PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, presumably using DLNA, while Active Copy can be set to automatically copy files to a remote Pogoplug unit for offsite backups.

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Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 overhaul tipped for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 overhaul tipped for Windows Phone 7

We've not heard much about Microsoft's MyPhone cloud backup service since the company confirmed the service details shortly after the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, but it seems the team responsible are hard at work on v2.0.  According to a recently posted job advert, calling for testers in the Windows Mobile software engineering team, Microsoft are elbow-deep in MyPhone 2.0 which will form part of "the next release of Windows Mobile".

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

NAS manufacturer Synology have outed a pair of new external network drives, one for the small business crowd and another more suited to home users.  The Synology DiskStation DS1010+ has five internal HDD bays and the potential for a further five with an optional expansion enclosure, while the DiskStation DS110j makes do with just one drive.  Both support DLNA media streaming, gigabit ethernet connectivity and have a clutch of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or peripherals.

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Who wants to be the Home CIO? Not me, please

Who wants to be the Home CIO? Not me, please

The PC has come a long way since it entered the home. Going from a disconnected device with little connectivity, it has become one of the core focal points for the digital home. Household PC penetration is on the rise with many homes having two PCs, and it's not uncommon for some to have three to or more. With the rise of lower cost laptops and netbooks, the average age at which a child receives their own PC is getting younger and younger each year. This growth of the PC within the home is not without complications and more consumers are growing frustrated as the proliferation of PCs make management, configuration and support a new and unwelcome household chore.

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Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station turns USB drives into remote NAS

Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station turns USB drives into remote NAS

We've a feeling Iomega have been keeping an eye on Pogoplug, since the new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station offers the same sort of networked connectivity for USB drives.  Basically a remotely-accessible NAS with no onboard storage, the iConnect has four USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or memory keys, together with a gigabit ethernet port.

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LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie have outed a new NAS, and while the LaCie 12big Rack Network isn't likely to end up in many home installations, it all makes for pretty impressive reading.  A 19-inch 2U rack-mounted unit, the 12big has a full twelve 3.5-inch hard-drive bays and is offered in 6TB, 12TB and 24TB versions.  A hardware RAID controller allows for multiple different setups (RAID0, 1, 10, 5, 50, and 6, in fact) while Windows Storage Server 2008 is installed to manage data deduplication, file replication, encryption and automatic backup.

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Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics have doubled their range of so-called intelligent backup systems with the launch of two new models, the Drobo S and the DroboElite.  The Drobo S takes the original four-bay Drobo and adds in not only an extra drive bay but an eSATA port and enhanced FireWire 800 performance, meaning that the backup system now boasts hardware redundancy against up to two simultaneous hard-drive failures.  Meanwhile the DroboElite has a full eight drive bays and dual iSCSI ports and is, unsurprisingly, targeted at small and medium businesses who want 16TB or more of backup space.

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Clickfree C2 backup drives get scheduling, hardware encryption, more

Clickfree C2 backup drives get scheduling, hardware encryption, more

We've a soft spot for Clickfree's straightforward backup drives, ever since playing with some of the early hardware back in March and discovering it was simple enough even to get a lazy SlashGear editor (i.e. me) to regularly backup.  Now Clickfree are back with their next-gen drives, the C2 series.  As well as basic usability improvements - there's now an attached USB cable that tucks away in a cut-out on the back, meaning forgetting the cord is no longer a valid excuse - the Clickfree C2 also adds in some more advanced functionality.

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