External Storage

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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Western Digital debuts My Book Studio LX for Mac

Western Digital debuts My Book Studio LX for Mac

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.

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

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.

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iStoragePro iT4UFER 4-bay RAID system breaks cover

iStoragePro iT4UFER 4-bay RAID system breaks cover

There are those who back up their data and then there are those who want to back up their data and have it protected with RAID5. If you make your living with video or just don’t want your collection of digital home movies to get lost, backing the video up on a device with RAID protection is ideal.

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