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.
LaCie have unveiled a new rugged external hard-drive, and it's apparently the first on the market with a Power eSATA port. The LaCie Rugged eSATA not only supports transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s, but - if used with a powered USB-eSATA combo connection - can hook up with a single cable.
Remember Sony's PS3-compatible labelling for external hard-drives, which the company tipped was incoming at the Japanese Torne TV tuner launch? The first fruits of that scheme have now been revealed, in the shape of two Buffalo drives. The Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC are each certified to play nicely with the new digital TV tuner, and each offer to boost PS3 storage by 500GB.
There are hoards of external hard drives on the market that connect to your computer via USB. This is far form a new product category. Imation has announced a new external hard drive that connects via USB that does have something new. The Pro WX external hard drive is the world's first external USB derive to use wireless USB technology.
Japanese accessory manufacturer Umazone have outdone themselves with a hard-drive caddy that will likely strike a chord with anyone doing regular software installs. The Umazone UMA-ISO looks like a regular 2.5-inch HDD drive enclosure; however it also has a small display and, on the side, a jog wheel, which can be used to flick through ISO CD and DVD images stored on the drive inside. Once selected, plugging the UMA-ISO into a host computer is pretty much the same as dropping the original disc into a CD/DVD drive.
External storage solutions are great for backing up data, but if that data is sensitive, you have to protect it from theft and in the event that the drive is lost. The way to do this is with encryption of some sort. Origin (PDF) has announced a couple new high capacity DataLocker external storage solutions with powerful encryption.