Seagate has outed its latest addition to the GoFlex family of removable storage, the Seagate GoFlex Home, a media and backup NAS designed for domestic use. Coming in a choice of 1TB or 2TB capacities, the GoFlex Home's storage can be easily upgraded since it uses the same SATA port connector as other drives in the range; you simply pull out the preinstalled drive and slot in a newer, bigger example.
Apple has conceded a fault with select models of their Time Capsule wireless backup drives, whereby the low-profile NAS powers down and then refuses to restart. According to a new Knowledge Base article, Apple will repair or replace those units, including transferring data from the old Time Capsule to any new model supplied.
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.
I'm not a big fan of Mac computers for myself, but I won't deny that the machines have a sexy design with the aluminum enclosure and minimalist looks. The Mac world has its own peripherals and accessories to go along with its file system and Western Digital has announced a new external storage solution pre-formatted for Mac users.
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.