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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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Toshiba 750GB & 1.5TB 2.5-inch HDDs announced

Toshiba 750GB & 1.5TB 2.5-inch HDDs announced

Toshiba have announced [pdf link] their latest notebook hard-drives, and as you'd expect the company is concentrating on packing more storage into the same amount of space.  Two new sizes have made their debut: a standard 9.5mm high 2.5-inch drive, the MK7559GSXP, with 750GB capacity, and the MKxx59GSM range of 12.5mm high 2.5-inch drives, with 750GB or 1.5TB of storage.

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Seagate ships Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDDs for enterprise

Seagate ships Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDDs for enterprise

Seagate makes all sorts of storage products and most of us are familiar with their internal and external storage products for home and office users. Seagate is also a big name in the enterprise area with hard drives and storage products aimed at large datacenters used in big business. Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and most reliable small form factor HDD called the Savvio 10K.4.

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Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC PS3-certified 500GB hard-drives hit Japan

Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC PS3-certified 500GB hard-drives hit Japan

Remember Sony's PS3-compatible labelling for external hard-drives, which the company tipped was incoming at the Japanese Torne TV tuner launch?  The first fruits of that scheme have now been revealed, in the shape of two Buffalo drives.  The Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC are each certified to play nicely with the new digital TV tuner, and each offer to boost PS3 storage by 500GB.

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Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan have announced their intention to start a "PS3 Compatible" labelling scheme, which would indicate which third-party external hard drives were compatible with the PlayStation 3 console.  The news was revealed at a press demonstration of the company's Torne digital TV tuner peripheral in Japan recently; the tuner can record footage directly to the PS3's internal HDD, or to any of four simultaneously attached external drives.

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