LaCie have unveiled a new rugged external hard-drive, and it's apparently the first on the market with a Power eSATA port. The LaCie Rugged eSATA not only supports transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s, but - if used with a powered USB-eSATA combo connection - can hook up with a single cable.
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.
There are hoards of external hard drives on the market that connect to your computer via USB. This is far form a new product category. Imation has announced a new external hard drive that connects via USB that does have something new. The Pro WX external hard drive is the world's first external USB derive to use wireless USB technology.
Japanese accessory manufacturer Umazone have outdone themselves with a hard-drive caddy that will likely strike a chord with anyone doing regular software installs. The Umazone UMA-ISO looks like a regular 2.5-inch HDD drive enclosure; however it also has a small display and, on the side, a jog wheel, which can be used to flick through ISO CD and DVD images stored on the drive inside. Once selected, plugging the UMA-ISO into a host computer is pretty much the same as dropping the original disc into a CD/DVD drive.
External storage solutions are great for backing up data, but if that data is sensitive, you have to protect it from theft and in the event that the drive is lost. The way to do this is with encryption of some sort. Origin (PDF) has announced a couple new high capacity DataLocker external storage solutions with powerful encryption.
Most digital libraries flourishing and ubiquitous connectivity spreading, having access to our personal data and media wherever we are is looking all the more appealing. NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have had the ability to share via broadband for years, but most owners don't take advantage of it; into the mixture steps Seagate, whose new FreeAgent DockStar takes the company's FreeAgent Go USB hard-drive and makes remotely sharing its content incredibly easy. Obvious addition to every home network, or is there a sting in the tail? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Western Digital has unveiled the latest addition to its My Passport line of external storage solutions. The new drive is called the Western Digital My Passport Elite. The external hard drive is small and has some new and interesting features to make it more usable including a new grab-and-go dock.
Every computer user really needs external storage for making backups. Many computer users never back up their data and have no way to get their important documents back if the computer fails unexpectedly. External storage is needed to allow users to back their data up.