HP has announced a new small and compact portable HDD that is perfect for pairing with notebooks that user's take with them on the road a lot. The small HDD can be had in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities and the drive features USB 3.0 connectivity for faster backups. The drive is also USB 2.0 compatible.
It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS about their USB 3.0 toting O!Play HD2 multimedia center, but now - with the launch tipped for this week - the company is being a little more forthright about the specifications. Supporting USB 2.0 and eSATA external drives, the ASUS O!Play HD2 also has an internal 3.5-inch hard-drive bay and can be used as a regular USB 3.0 external HDD in its own right.
The number of external storage solutions that use the USB 3.0 port is growing every day. The latest USB 3.0 storage offering comes from Cirago and is called the CST6000. The drive uses USB 3.0 connectivity and has a small, pocketsize chassis. The device is backwards compatible with older USB ports as well.
Toshiba is the latest firm to jump into the USB 3.0 external storage market, introducing the Toshiba Canvio 3.0 with capacities ranging from 500GB to 1TB. As we've seen with rival models, there's not a huge amount differentiating the Canvio 3.0 from previous USB 2.0 versions, beyond the faster, SuperSpeed interface.
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB portable drive isn't the first of the company's modular external storage we've reviewed, but it's certainly the largest. Proudly billed as the industry's first 1.5TB portable external drive, the new FreeAgent also boasts a speedy USB 3.0 interface for faster data shuffling. Thanks to GoFlex, meanwhile, you can also switch that out for FireWire, eSATA or other connections, or even slap it in one of Seagate's docking stations. Is this the best portable drive out there? Check out our full review after the cut.
If you have a computer with a USB 3.0 port and need a Blu-ray drive without having to crack open the case to install one Buffalo has a new product for you. The new product is the Buffalo USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive. The optical drive can play Blu-ray discs and will burn to Blu-ray writable media all from a USB 3.0 port.
Seagate has updated its FreeAgent GoFlex external HDD range with the industry's first 1.5TB portable external drive. Entirely bus-powered - and so requiring no dual-USB cable or PSU - the new GoFlex comes as standard with the company's USB 3.0 adapter, which is also backward compatible with USB 2.0.
Of course, it also means owners can snap off that adapter and use Seagate's FireWire version or, indeed, slot the drive into one of the various desk docks and multimedia players. Seagate offers a range of these, from the GoFlex Home NAS through to the GoFlex TV HD we reviewed a few months back.
Sharkoon has some nice gear that I have covered before like that cool Bandit PC case that had the SATA dock on top for HDDs. Sharkoon is also big on enclosures to turn your old HDDs into external storage devices and the company has announced a new product today that is compact and fits into its Rapid Case series.