External Storage

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

NAS manufacturer Synology have outed a pair of new external network drives, one for the small business crowd and another more suited to home users.  The Synology DiskStation DS1010+ has five internal HDD bays and the potential for a further five with an optional expansion enclosure, while the DiskStation DS110j makes do with just one drive.  Both support DLNA media streaming, gigabit ethernet connectivity and have a clutch of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or peripherals.

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NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

SlashGear swung by photography accessory experts NEXTO earlier today to see their latest portable storage device for DSLR pros.  The NEXTO NVS2500 and NVS2700 both pack large internal storage - starting at 160GB and ramping up to 500GB; 2TB drives are theoretically supported - and have 2.7-inch LCD displays which not only show the progress of sucking RAW, JPEG and video footage from your camera memory cards, but can preview those photos and footage too.

Video demos after the cut

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Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 hard-drive plus interface kit

Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 hard-drive plus interface kit

Seagate have become the latest hard-drive manufacturer to push out a USB 3.0 external HDD, in the shape of the Seagate BlackArmor PS110, and since they know that most users probably won't have a USB 3.0 port on their existing notebook they've thrown in a "portable external hard drive performance kit" too.  The kit includes the 500GB 7,200rpm PS110 external drive along with a PC Express card to add the requisite USB 3.0 port; once that's slotted into place you can expect sustained data transfer speeds of 100MB/s.

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ioSafe Solo SSD is world’s first disaster proof external SSD

ioSafe Solo SSD is world’s first disaster proof external SSD

When it comes to backing up data most people use external hard drives. The external HDD can be had in many different styles and form factors and most of them use either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs inside like you would find in the average notebook or desktop. ioSafe has announced what it claims to be the world's first SSD external storage solution.

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LaCie Rikiki tiny external HDD is monkey catnip

LaCie Rikiki tiny external HDD is monkey catnip

Your eyes do not deceive you: that is a monkey, and it's attempting to steal your LaCie Rikiki hard-drive.  The grabby little simian has obviously spotted that LaCie's new external drive is the most compact 2.5-inch model on the market, offering up to 640GB of capacity in an aluminum chassis.

"Rikiki", meanwhile, is French for tiny, so the drive is a linguistics lesson as well as a place to offload your media files to.  We're not sure if the monkey is French - surely he'd be wearing a beret if that were the case.

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OCZ and Symwave team for high performance USB 3.0 storage product

OCZ and Symwave team for high performance USB 3.0 storage product

One of the new technologies that I am most looking forward to is USB 3.0. I have an external hard drive that I back my computer up to and it takes forever over a USB 2.0 connection. With USB 3.0, the deed can be completed much faster. OCZ and Symwave have announced that they have teamed up to create a new USB 3.0 external storage solution.

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LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie seem to be going back and filling in any blanks in their mediaplayer line-up right now, neatly slotting the LaCinema Classic HD into the range.  Coming somewhere in-between the non-HD LaCinema Classic and the HDD-free LaCinema Classic Bridge, the new device promises Full HD 1080p playback of various formats - including DivX, MKV, AVC and H.264 - from its 1TB internal hard-drive, together with DLNA media server support.

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Samsung adds 2TB capacity to external Story Station HDD line

Samsung adds 2TB capacity to external Story Station HDD line

External storage is necessary for backing up data and keeping your digital media like pictures and songs safe in the event of a PC crash. Samsung has announced a new and higher capacity version of its Story Station external HDD with 2TB of space that is ideal for data backups and large files.

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Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics have doubled their range of so-called intelligent backup systems with the launch of two new models, the Drobo S and the DroboElite.  The Drobo S takes the original four-bay Drobo and adds in not only an extra drive bay but an eSATA port and enhanced FireWire 800 performance, meaning that the backup system now boasts hardware redundancy against up to two simultaneous hard-drive failures.  Meanwhile the DroboElite has a full eight drive bays and dual iSCSI ports and is, unsurprisingly, targeted at small and medium businesses who want 16TB or more of backup space.

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Umazone UMA-ISO automatically mounts your DVD images

Umazone UMA-ISO automatically mounts your DVD images

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.

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Hitachi pulls wraps off new 2TB SimpleDrive, SimpleTech Pro Drive, and SimpleTech Duo Pro Drive

Hitachi pulls wraps off new 2TB SimpleDrive, SimpleTech Pro Drive, and SimpleTech Duo Pro Drive

Hitachi has unveiled a new line of external storage solutions with 2TB capacity. One of the new solutions has a 4TB storage capacity. All of the new external storage models use the Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7K2000 2TB HDD. Hitachi is also offering the drive in an internal hard drive kit for desktop computers.

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IoSafe Solo ruggedized external hard drive swells to 2TB

IoSafe Solo ruggedized external hard drive swells to 2TB

Back during the summer we reviewed the ioSafe Solo ruggedized external hard drive and found the external storage solution to be pretty nice. An external hard drive that is both fireproof and waterproof might seem like overkill, but in the event of a fire or flood your data will be safe.

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