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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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LaCie Rugged Safe biometric portable HDD

LaCie Rugged Safe biometric portable HDD

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.

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Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive: Close to SSD performance at HDD price

Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive: Close to SSD performance at HDD price

The performance close of an SSD with the pricing of an HDD; that's what Seagate promise is possible with the new Momentus XT range.  A series of 2.5-inch laptop hard-drives, the Momentus XT use a hybrid combination of 4GB of SSD memory paired with a 7,200rpm HDD: by using the SSD partition with Seagate's new Adaptive Memory technology - which learns typical drive use and prioritises key files - the company reckon users will see around 400-percent performance improvements on regular 7,200rpm HDDs but at a quarter the price of a true SSD.

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Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive.  Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.

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WD VelociRaptor [WD6000HLHX] Review

WD VelociRaptor [WD6000HLHX] Review

When it comes to fast storage, Western Digital aren't willing to accept that the only way forward is a solid state drive. Instead, they're pushing forward with the VelociRaptor series, a range of traditional platter-based hard-drives spinning at high speed and promising SSD-style transfer rates but HDD-style prices per gigabyte. Is the latest Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX top of the food chain or overdue for extinction? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Clickfree C2N Review

Clickfree C2N Review

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.

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Intel X25-M 80 and 160GB SSDs Get Price Break

Intel X25-M 80 and 160GB SSDs Get Price Break

One of the best parts of having your own PC, is making it your own. You get to pick the parts that go into your tower, along with every other piece of accessory. If that's your thing, you can do pretty much whatever you want with your PC. The only trouble is, usually, the price. For example, when the Intel X25-M 80GB broke cover a little over two years ago, it had a price tag of $595. Luckily it took a price cut last July, getting it down to $225. But now it's even less, even if it's just for a limited time.

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Toshiba StorE Art 3 USB hard-drives pack up to 1TB

Toshiba StorE Art 3 USB hard-drives pack up to 1TB

Toshiba's last new products this week are a pair of external hard-drives, in the shape of the new StorE Art 3 series.  The two drives hook up via USB 2.0 and pack 750GB or 1TB using a 2.5-inch HDD with an internal shock protection sensor and rubber edging for bump-resistance.

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Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

We can't say we've ever felt the pressing need to save time and download energy by buying our external storage and digital movies at the same time, but Seagate's latest FreeAgent Go offers just that simplicity.  The 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard-drive comes preloaded with twenty different feature-films, although you don't actually get them included in the purchase price; instead, Seagate - and Paramount Pictures, who they've partnered with for this - allow you to pick which titles to unlock, charging you between $9.99 and $14.99 for each one.

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WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD arrives

WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD arrives

Western Digital have updated their high-performance VelociRaptor hard-drive range with another, even larger SATA 6 Gb/s model.  The WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s spins at 10,000rpm and has a whopping 32MB cache, and the company reckon it's up to 15-percent faster than the previous generation of drive.  That's despite not using any more power than its predecessor required.

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Drobo S Review

Drobo S Review

Data Robotics' first Drobo model surprised a fair few people; the company billed their external storage array as an "intelligent data robot", making RAID-style redundancy if not glamorous then at least appealing. When we reviewed the first-gen model all the way back on October 2008, we felt a few qualms at its relatively high price tag but had little doubt over the security of our data. Now, with their range much enlarged, we've one of Data Robotics newest 'bots on the testbench, the Drobo S. Adding an extra drive bay to the original model, plus a few less obvious tweaks, is the Drobo S the droid you're looking for?

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Hot on the heels of Toshiba's double-platter 750GB 2.5-inch hard-drive comes Western Digital's retort, the WD Scorpio Blue 750GB.  Intended for notebooks, the 3Gb/s SATA drive spins at 5,400rpm and has 8MB of cache; Western Digital are also pushing their WhisperDrive technology that, they claim, reduces both noise and power consumption.

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