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Samung P3 external drive: 4TB without the power cord

Samung P3 external drive: 4TB without the power cord

Data storage is definitely undergoing a big change, from the UFS 2.0 that trumps eMMCs in mobile devices, to the 10 TB hard drive, to the crazy expensive 512 GB microSD card, to this new 4TB portable external hard drive from from Samsung. Although that storage size isn't exactly new as far as hard drives or even SSDs are concerned, this is probably the first time that such a large capacity would come in such a small package. Measuring only 19.85 mm (0.78 in) in height, the Samsung P3 also touts ultimate portability by throwing away the power cable.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

One day the tech world will have embraced the USB-C connector - until then, we’re reliant on devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive to bridge old and new. The double-sided thumb drive sandwiches between 16GB and 64GB of storage in-between a pair of plugs: a regular USB 3.1 on one end, and a USB-C 3.1 on the other. As a new MacBook user, I’m understandably curious about anything that works around the ultraportable’s notorious lack of ports: read on for my review.

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Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Google has been known to dislike the use of external storage on Android devices, which explains why none of the Nexus smartphones and tablets had a microSD card slot. Google's position is understandable from a software engineering point of view but clashed with popular consumer demand. In Android M, however, Google makes an almost complete U-turn and has found a compromise to the problem, finally providing an official way for users to move apps to removable storage. It has a strange name for it too, calling it "Adoptable Storage Devices".

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Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD strikes hard with 4 or 8TB

Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD strikes hard with 4 or 8TB

Aside form having a pretty amazing name, Other World Computing’s Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD is also pretty vicious when it comes to performance. The drive is no lightweight, though — you can get it in either 4TB or 8TB, and it only uses a Thunderbolt 2 link to your computer. We’ve tested SSD before, and it was lightning quick with a USB 3.0 link. Thunderbolt is up to twice as fast as USB 3.0, and with 4TB of disk space, you’re not likely to run out of room quickly (unless this is for enterprise use).

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive sports 1TB SSD

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive sports 1TB SSD

For most people, portable storage needs don't include the ability to withstand the hazards of long hikes or rain. Some need a drive rugged enough to handle such situations, however, like adventure photographers or those recording documentary footage in remote places. LaCie has long targeted those users with its Rugged line of portable storage drives, and its latest expansion to the lineup is no exception. With this latest addition, users get 1TB of storage, but not without a price tag to match.

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Seagate Wireless Mobile Review

Seagate Wireless Mobile Review

Streaming media is a big deal, but what about your cluttered gallery app? All those videos and pics stored on your device can be hard to manage, and are probably eating up space. A lack of memory can slow your device down, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re clumsily trying to find that picture you snapped last week. For the mobile customer, Seagate has a solution. The Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage will let you store your files off-device, but allow access anywhere. To find out how good it really is, we went hands-on.

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LaCie brings USB-C to Porsche drive with MacBook in mind

LaCie brings USB-C to Porsche drive with MacBook in mind

If you’re planning to snap up one of those sleek new MacBooks, you’ve got accessories on the shopping list too, we hope. The good news is, you might not even have to leave the Apple Store for everything you need. With the new MacBook, Apple also unveiled a series of dongles for owners to attach things to. We’d also humbly suggest you take a look at an external hard drive; the memory on offer is slight. And if you do, Seagate just updated LaCie’s Porsche Design Mobile Drive to work with USB-C.

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Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Hard drives are standard fare for any desktop user, but spinning mechanical drives are quickly ceding ground to SSD. For many reasons (better life, performance, and smaller sizing among them), we are looking to SSD as the future of file storage. At CES, Samsung caused quite a ruckus, with many people looking toward their new SSD T1 external hard drive for reason to be excited. An SSD is always welcome news, and the T1 is surprisingly small. Is it still powerful, though? We put it to the test.

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Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS has seen some interesting new features of late. Remote Desktop sharing finally hit Chrome, and you can now run Linux in a window without leaving Chrome. Though both are still works in progress, they signal a new direction for Chrome OS wherein the “browser OS” gets a bit more desktop. There may be another cool feature rolling in, as code commits in Chrome’s Developer hub, Chromium, suggest Google Drive will soon be able to take files straight from an external drive or SD card to the cloud.

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LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie is probably more known for its storage bays and racks, but this time it is going for a more portable storage solution, though one of these two you might not want to actually carry with you outside. These two new drives also seem to be opposed to each other in most cases. One looks like a very classy ornament but has a somewhat low storage capacity, while the other is rough and rugged but with features to make your data also resilient. Introducing the LaCie Mirror and the LaCie Rugged RAID.

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