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.
Hitachi have unveiled their latest 2.5-inch hard-drive [Japanese pdf link], and it's the slimmest to-date. The Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 is a mere 7mm thick and packs up to 320GB of storage on a 7,200rpm platter; there's also a Z5K320 version with a 5,400rpm platter. The drives could be used in super-slim notebooks, offering greater capacity at relatively lower prices than SSD memory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.