External Storage

WD My Passport offers slick storage for Macs and PCs

WD My Passport offers slick storage for Macs and PCs

Western Digital has launched a new range of compact external storage, the My Passport Edge, for PC and Mac users, promising high-speed connectivity and up to 500GB of capacity. The new, pocket-scale drives rely on USB 3.0 for their hook-up, handy given Apple has succumbed to the port for its 2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line-ups, and come clad in aluminum for extra resilience.

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Drobo Mini and 5D up for pre-order

Drobo Mini and 5D up for pre-order

Pre-orders for Drobo's latest external storage arrays have opened, with retailers offering up early spots for the new Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini ahead of their September release. Announced back in June, the two models pack Thunderbolt connectivity and optional mSATA SSD bays that can dramatically increase performance, and Drobo claims that pre-sale interest in the pair has been the most frantic of any of the company's models.

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“Next-gen” Drobo fast incoming says CEO

“Next-gen” Drobo fast incoming says CEO

Drobo's next-generation storage arrays are "soon-to-be-announced" according to the company's CEO, with possibility of longer standard warranties among hardware and software improvements. Chief exec Tom Buiocchi revealed the fast-nearing refresh in responding to complaints about the existing Drobo, though did not confirm any specific technical information. However, Thunderbolt connectivity is almost certain to be included.

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Apple Starck project bringing ‘brain with motorcycle helmet’ this summer

Apple Starck project bringing ‘brain with motorcycle helmet’ this summer

There's nothing better than when a brilliant industrial designer like Philippe Starck gets the opportunity to design for a massively powerful manufacturer like Apple. This week we're hearing from Starck via a French radio show that he's worked with Apple for several years on a project which will be released this summer - a "revolutionary" product at that. What we're doing now is combing through the Starck archives to see if we can glean some information and put together some puzzle pieces that equal out to be what Apple may have helped this man bring to the world this year.

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LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

Last year we were introduced to the fabulous implementation of the technology Apple now calls Thunderbolt - now the fantastic speed and high-quality video transfer can be yours on legacy devices with LaCie's new eSATA Hub. What you'll be doing with this hub is connecting your Thunderbolt-port-having Apple device to the hub with a Thunderbolt cable (sold separately) and the hub then out to your eSATA drives for the full speed that they'll newly be capable of. Sounds like magic to me!

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New unconfirmed Microsoft SkyDrive features tipped

New unconfirmed Microsoft SkyDrive features tipped

Some new features have surfaced that will be included in Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud-based storage solution. Microsoft hasn't confirmed these features, but they're said to be part of SkyDrive Wave 5 M3. One of the new features is the ability to manage BitLocker recovery keys that are stored on SkyDrive. The feature will allow you to recover forgotten passwords easily.

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LaCie unveils 2big and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt storage series

LaCie unveils 2big and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt storage series

LaCie unveiled two new Thunderbolt-equipped storage solutions with the 2big Thunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. The 2big Thunderbolt Series is designed for heavy data users with support for up to 8TB capacities and transfer rates of up to 311MB/s, while the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series lets Mac users connect to two eSATA external hard drives and still use other Thunderbolt peripherals.

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LaCie Little Big Disk SSD Review

LaCie Little Big Disk SSD Review

LaCie's Little Big Disk is the Thunderbolt drive your MacBook Pro has been waiting for. It's a fact of life that, while it's rarely cheap to be an early adopter, you do get to have the best toys: a nearly palm-sized twin SSD external drive that looks like a friendlier HAL 9000 and promises previously unseen levels of data transfer speed. Problem is, that speed comes with a $899 price tag; can the Little Big Disk make a Big Strong Case for all that cash? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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ToughTech Duo QR Review

ToughTech Duo QR Review

The ToughTech Duo QR portable storage system from CRU-Dataport features a two-drive RAID array that packs large capacity and high performance into a tiny yet rugged package that’s easy to setup and use. The device is designed for professional photographers and digital media artists who need to carry and protect their digital assets while out on the field or in the studio.

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