External Storage

iStoragePro iT4UFER 4-bay RAID system breaks cover

iStoragePro iT4UFER 4-bay RAID system breaks cover

There are those who back up their data and then there are those who want to back up their data and have it protected with RAID5. If you make your living with video or just don’t want your collection of digital home movies to get lost, backing the video up on a device with RAID protection is ideal.

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Sharkoon unveils QuickStore Portable USB 3.0 enclosure

Sharkoon unveils QuickStore Portable USB 3.0 enclosure

I have talked about some of the interesting external enclosures and other gear that Sharkoon offers in the past like the SATA and IDE Combo dock. Today Sharkoon has revealed a new external drive enclosure that lets you use a leftover 2.5-inch SATA HDD as a USB 3.0 external drive.

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Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

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.

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Toshiba StorE Art 3 USB hard-drives pack up to 1TB

Toshiba StorE Art 3 USB hard-drives pack up to 1TB

Toshiba's last new products this week are a pair of external hard-drives, in the shape of the new StorE Art 3 series.  The two drives hook up via USB 2.0 and pack 750GB or 1TB using a 2.5-inch HDD with an internal shock protection sensor and rubber edging for bump-resistance.

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Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

Seagate FreeAgent Go HDD gets Paramount movie pre-load

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.

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OWC On-The-Go Pro external HDD gets 1TB of storage

OWC On-The-Go Pro external HDD gets 1TB of storage

OWC has been making storage devices and other gear for Mac and PC users for years. The company has a full line of external storage solutions that have multiple interface options for the best data transfer speeds on any given computer.

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Western Digital debuts My Passport AV USB HDD

Western Digital debuts My Passport AV USB HDD

Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage. The company offers internal hard drives for consumer and enterprise computers along with a full line of external storage solutions for a myriad of uses like the My Passport Studio unveiled earlier this month. WD has now unveiled another new addition to its external line up called the My Passport AV.

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OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini quad interface storage solution revealed

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini quad interface storage solution revealed

OWC has a big range of external storage solutions and other gear that is typically aimed at Mac users, but often work with Windows machines as well. The latest OWC offering is a new external storage solution called the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini. The storage solution is hailed as the industry's first quad interface 2.5-inch 1TB HDD.

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Western Digital My Passport Studio HDD gets E-Ink status display

Western Digital My Passport Studio HDD gets E-Ink status display

Western Digital have outed a new portable hard-drive, the My Passport Studio, and like the My Book Studio before it they've slapped on a super-frugal E Ink panel to show drive status details.  Available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities, the My Passport Studio has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections and comes ready formatted for use with a Mac.

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LaCie Rugged eSATA 500GB hard-drive on sale

LaCie Rugged eSATA 500GB hard-drive on sale

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.

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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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