External HDD

Western Digital My Passport Essential External 500GB Hard Drives Getting Limited Edition Designs

Western Digital My Passport Essential External 500GB Hard Drives Getting Limited Edition Designs

Were you waiting to get your new WD My Passport Essential external hard drive? Did you think that the standard black, silver, and white models were just way too boring to put on your desk? If that sounds about right, then you're in luck, because Western Digital is getting ready to launch a brand new series of the devices, with that coveted "limited edition" title tacked on for good measure.

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Hitachi LifeStudio HDDs auto-gobble your media, offer dockable USB sync stick

Hitachi LifeStudio HDDs auto-gobble your media, offer dockable USB sync stick

Hitachi has outed its latest external hard-drive range, the Hitachi LifeStudio family, and seeing as how you need to sex-up storage if you're going to differentiate yourself these days, the new HDDs get automatic content management and nifty little dockable USB memory sticks.  Plug in a LifeStudio drive and it can automatically pull out the photos, video, music and documents and organize them on its own storage - it can also do the same with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa web galleries - then present them on a "3D wall" UI for easier browsing.

As for the detachable USB key, on the LifeStudio Plus drives there's a dockable 4GB memory stick that users can set up with specific files from the main unit that they want to be able to take out and about with them.  The USB key always has the latest versions, and when you return it automatically syncs back any changes you've made.

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LaCie Rugged Safe 500GB HDD Review

LaCie Rugged Safe 500GB HDD Review

With hardly a week passing without another case of misplaced data cropping up in the headlines, taking steps to secure the contents of mobile storage seems all the more topical. Into the fray steps LaCie's Rugged Safe, a 500GB external hard-drive that promises not only basic bump protection but an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner paired with 128-bit AES hardware encryption. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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inXtron Orbit USB 3.0 Raid 2.5-Inch Enclosure Unveiled

inXtron Orbit USB 3.0 Raid 2.5-Inch Enclosure Unveiled

USB 3.0 may not be all that mainstream quite yet, but that's certainly not stopping companies all over the place from creating new hardware to take advantage of the speedier option. This time around, we've got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, designed to hold two 2.5-inch drives. It could look worse in the aesthetics department, too. But, it's already caught our eye, so we figured we would share it with the world.

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

In the world of external storage the upgrade path is obvious: slap a bigger drive in your enclosure and wait for people to fill it with media. Seagate's GoFlex Storage System, however, takes a slightly more complex route; thanks to an array of interchangeable cables individual FreeAgent drives can be used with not only USB, eSATA and other ports, but in a range of media players and docks. Is the flexibility worth putting up with an unusual port? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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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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