External Storage

Western Digital MyBook Essential comes in up to 3TB with USB 3.0

Western Digital MyBook Essential comes in up to 3TB with USB 3.0

Western Digital has announced updates to three of its external storage solutions including the My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, and the My Book Essential external hard drive. All three of the products have USB 3.0 to allow for faster data transfers of up to 5Gb/s when used with USB 3.0, but are also compatible with USB 2.0 ports.

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Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

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.

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NewerTech debuts Guardian Maximus mini RAID solution

NewerTech debuts Guardian Maximus mini RAID solution

NewerTech has lots and lots of storage solutions and other gear that help computer users keep their data safe and available. The company has unveiled a new storage device called the Guardian Maximus mini. The mini sports a quad interface making for flexible connectivity options.

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Habey debuts DS-540E 4-bay hardware RAID enclosure

Habey debuts DS-540E 4-bay hardware RAID enclosure

Habey has unveiled a new storage solution for the user needing the protection of hardware RAID for their data. The new RAID enclosure is called the DS-540 and it's very affordable at under $200. The device has four drive bays and offers eSATA and USB 2.0 connectivity.

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Sharkoon debuts new compact USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

Sharkoon debuts new compact USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

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.

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Iomega external drives to get USB 3.0 at no extra cost

Iomega external drives to get USB 3.0 at no extra cost

Iomega has announced plans to shift all of their external hard-drives from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, with no change in pricing and extra ruggedness thrown in.  Starting with the eGo range - which will all get USB 3.0 connectivity by the end of October - and then looking to the Prestige and other lines in Q1 2011, Iomega will also be adding in 256-bit AES hardware encryption; the eGo drives will be capable of withstanding up to 7ft drops, which the company reckons is twice what rivals can manage.

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Buffalo DriveStation Quad and Duo external USB 2.0/eSATA RAID arrays outed

Buffalo DriveStation Quad and Duo external USB 2.0/eSATA RAID arrays outed

Buffalo has unveiled its latest DriveStation range of external hard-drives, with three new models targeted at creative types.  The DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad each have USB 2.0 and eSATA connections and support RAID (0 and 1 on the dual-drive Duo, and 0, 5, 10 and Normal on the four-drive Quad), with quick-access front drive bays; their single-drive sibling, the DriveStation Axis drops the eSATA and is USB 2.0 only.

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ioSafe launches new SoloPro external HDD

ioSafe launches new SoloPro external HDD

ioSafe has been making some cool external storage solutions that can protect your data from even the worst disasters like floods and fire. If the drive fails and you can’t get your data, back you can send the faulty drive to ioSafe and they will retrieve the data for you.

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Western Digital Debuts WD Elements Play multimedia drive

Western Digital Debuts WD Elements Play multimedia drive

WD has been in the business of making external storage solutions about as long as external storage has been around. The company has also been wrapping its storage tech into products like media players for a while now.

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Apricorn updates DVR Expander style

Apricorn updates DVR Expander style

You can never have enough space on your DVR for storing TV shows that you like. When the network season is in full swing your DVR can fill up very fast thanks to the tiny HDDs that most cable and satellite firms put inside a DVR.

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MXI Security debuts encrypted Stealth M600 flash drive with CESG CAPS cert

MXI Security debuts encrypted Stealth M600 flash drive with CESG CAPS cert

MXI Security has announced a new encrypted flash drive specifically aimed at UK government agencies that need an encrypted product for the transport and storage of sensitive documents. The Stealth M600 has the CESG CAPS certification for storing confidential data.

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Seagate GoFlex Home NAS promises easy media-sharing

Seagate GoFlex Home NAS promises easy media-sharing

Seagate has outed its latest addition to the GoFlex family of removable storage, the Seagate GoFlex Home, a media and backup NAS designed for domestic use.  Coming in a choice of 1TB or 2TB capacities, the GoFlex Home's storage can be easily upgraded since it uses the same SATA port connector as other drives in the range; you simply pull out the preinstalled drive and slot in a newer, bigger example.

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