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.
Considering those Time Capsule issues, finding an external hard drive for your Mac is getting a bit tough. Sure, there's other options out there, but these new Canvio portable hard drives from Toshiba bring a swathe of features to an external shell that's almost too pleasing to the eyes to pass up.
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.
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.
Back in May, Seagate promised storage junkies a huge 3TB hard-drive for all their multimedia needs; now they've followed up on that promise. The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive is a 3TB totem that connects via USB 2.0 as standard but, thanks to the company's interchangeable interfaces, can be updated to suit USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire or other formats.
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.
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.
Computex is set to kick off next month and there are lots of companies starting to offer up a bit of tease on the products they will be showing off there. One of the items that Team will be unveiling is the TP1023 sport disk.
LaCie have outed their latest portable hard-drive, and as well as being protected from bumps and drops, it's also secure in terms of unauthorised access. The LaCie Rugged Safe packs 500GB or 1TB of storage into a shock-proof enclosure, with a biometric fingerprint scanner on top that unlocks its 128-bit AES hardware encryption.
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.