External HDD

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB totes USB 3.0

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB totes USB 3.0

Seagate has updated its FreeAgent GoFlex external HDD range with the industry's first 1.5TB portable external drive.  Entirely bus-powered - and so requiring no dual-USB cable or PSU - the new GoFlex comes as standard with the company's USB 3.0 adapter, which is also backward compatible with USB 2.0.

Of course, it also means owners can snap off that adapter and use Seagate's FireWire version or, indeed, slot the drive into one of the various desk docks and multimedia players.  Seagate offers a range of these, from the GoFlex Home NAS through to the GoFlex TV HD we reviewed a few months back.

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Iomega external drives to get USB 3.0 at no extra cost

Iomega external drives to get USB 3.0 at no extra cost

Iomega has announced plans to shift all of their external hard-drives from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, with no change in pricing and extra ruggedness thrown in.  Starting with the eGo range - which will all get USB 3.0 connectivity by the end of October - and then looking to the Prestige and other lines in Q1 2011, Iomega will also be adding in 256-bit AES hardware encryption; the eGo drives will be capable of withstanding up to 7ft drops, which the company reckons is twice what rivals can manage.

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Asus Eee 30GB USB Hard Drive is 1.8-Inches, Only $30

Asus Eee 30GB USB Hard Drive is 1.8-Inches, Only $30

When it comes to external hard drives, you don't want something that's as big as your keyboard sitting on your desk, next to your monitor. The whole idea is to have something compact, but that's perfectly capable of holding all of your necessary data. And, when it comes to the new Asus Eee 30GB hard drive, you'll have to keep it limited to the bare essentials.

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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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