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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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Seagate reveals wireless, ultra-thin, and personal cloud drives

Seagate reveals wireless, ultra-thin, and personal cloud drives

Data storage firm Seagate has just announced three new personal storage products that will be on display this week at CES in Las Vegas. All three are hard disk drives, but offering unique features and with different purposes in mind. First up is the Seagate Seven, an ultra-thin hard drive for easy portability; then there's the Seagate Wireless, another portable device, but meant for wireless connections with smartphones and tablets; and finally the Seagate Personal Cloud, a device that can automatically back up your computers and make content accessible by multiple devices throughout the home.

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ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

Today's data storage needs are getting bigger and bigger, but that doesn't mean that our hard drives, especially external ones, need to grow as big. The ThunderBay 4 Mini, the latest storage solution from Other World Computing, can cram as much as 8 TB in a single box, but at a size that snuggly fits 2.5-inch drives. But do not underestimate this little box, as the lethal combination of Thunderbolt 2's super fast data transfers plus RAID-ready capabilities makes this ThunderBay 4 Mini an enticing option for multimedia workers short on space and budget.

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Drobo finally fixes runaway Time Machine issue

Drobo finally fixes runaway Time Machine issue

Drobo drives are finally getting the fix to one of the more frustrating annoyances they've suffered from: rampant Apple Time Machine backups chewing through every HDD in your array. A combination of sizable storage in the local and network-shared drives, as well as Time Machine's limited controls over how much space it can earmark for its own purposes, had meant that backups could run wild and occupy every last gigabyte.

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Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

This month an Xbox One software upgrade brings on the ability to work with an external hard drive. With this ability, users have been testing multiple different types of drives to see which work quickest. Inside the standard Xbox One is a Samsung 500GB 5400 RPM (M8 ST500LM012) working with the machine’s standard SATA2 connection - with USB 3.0 connecting your drive to the board, providing one reason why this external method may be significantly quicker - or so it would seem.

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Xbox One external drive support tipped

Xbox One external drive support tipped

This week there would appear to be more than one Xbox One update incoming. While we’re seeing an External Drive Ready marker on a "leaked" homescreen this morning, there’s word that it won’t be coming immediately, if at all. The Xbox One software update coming this month, instead, has a number of audio upgrades and options.

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