Backup remains a guilty chore many people avoid, and yet plenty of us are already carrying around a potential backup device. Most people don't think of it that way, but your iPod is a huge chunk of storage just waiting to be repurposed as a portable hard-drive. Clickfree sent over their latest easy-backup system, the Transformer for iPod, for SlashGear to take a look at.
Verbatimannounced their TUFF-CLIP USB drives today which offer up both 4GB and 8GB capacities for people who need a bit of storage while on the go that's not going to break apart from a slight bump or jostle.
Cowon's next MP3 player has been previewed, and the keyring-style iAudio E2 is already causing no small amount of confusion. While it ostensibly resembles a screenless PMP in the manner of the iPod shuffle, the row of icons at the top of the Cowon teaser (which you can see full-sized after the cut) does seem to suggest a more complete range of features.
At first glance this may look like a compact DVD case, but it's actually Pioneer's latest external DVD burner intended for mobility-concerned ultraportable and netbook users. The Pioneer DVR-XD09 tips the scales at 8oz and gets both power and data from a single USB 2.0 connection.
Super Talent have unveiled what they're describing as the world's smallest 32GB USB drive, squeezing 32GB of NAND flash into a water-resistant casing. In fact, six new models are on offer with the new capacity, each boasting up to 30MB/sec transfer rates.
Remember that Active Media charity penguin flash drive from back in June? Someone has obviously told Active Media that not every portable storage buyer likes penguins, as the company is back with a polar bear version offering up to 16GB of storage and a donation to the WWF with every purchase.
Kingston announced a new device today called the DataTraveler 300 and it packs in 256GB of storage space all in a slim flash drive design. Actually, it's storage capacity breaks records, doubling the amount the closest competitor offers.
This new flash drive meets FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validation, which is required for devices in government agencies and is currently the only USB drive to meet this standard. It's super tough, tamper-resistant and features self-destruction circuitry for added protection.
It also has AES-256 encryption and can store up to 16GB of data. You can restrict networks on this drive as well as set up a read-only mode. You can enable anti-malware and anti-virus scanning if you wish as well. The IronKey S200 works with Windows 2000-running PCs or later, Mac OS X or later and Linux. We don't know when the S200 will be released or how much it'll cost, but we'll keep you posted.
Hitachi have announced a new range of simple USB hard-drives, together with a basic NAS adapter which can connect two external drives to a network. The SimpleDRIVE Mini and SimpleTOUGH portable USB drives are available in 250, 320 and 500GB capacities, with the former adding ruggedness and the latter basic colors.