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Choose Smarter: Ten… USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

Product Round-up Hard drives are still the most cost-effective way of adding extra storage capacity to a desktop or laptop. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and remarkably robust in service. Solid-state drives may be quicker, but while the prices of hard drives continue to fall, their capacity goes on climbing, so the overall cost per …
Simon Crisp, 22 Jun 2012
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt external drive for Mac

LaCie releases Thunderbolt HDD, SSD boxes

Good news for Mac users: LaCie has at long last made its Thunderbolt-connected Little Big Disk external hard drive available to buy. The LBD's metal box contains a pair of RAID-able 2.5in drives. You can have up to a terabyte or 2TB of storage, the latter setting you back a cool £400. The 1TB model is £300. LaCie Little Big …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2011
Kingston Wi-Drive

Kingston Wi-Drive wireless flash storage

Review The lack of any direct storage expansion in Apple's iOS products has been one of the more enduring causes of complaint for those using or pondering on owning one of these devices. Kingston Technology demonstrated its idea of a workaround when it previewed the MobiSX at CES at the beginning of the year. Now in production, with a …
Bob Dormon, 8 Sep 2011
Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard drive

Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB wireless hard drive

Review Tablets being generally pricey, buyers tend to opt for the least expensive, lower capacity models. It has to be said, 16GB isn't a paucity, especially if you're happy juggling files back and forth. Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard drive The GoFlex doesn't just connect wirelessly, but also by USB and - optionally - …
Tony Smith, 7 Sep 2011
Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive

Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive

Geek Treat of the Week Zalman's external hard drive case is a bit different from most. Yes, it works like a standard drive case - slip in a 2.5in hard drive or SSD, and hook up the extra storage to your computer over USB 2.0 or eSata - the ZM-VE200 supports both. It's a nice-looking unit too, though - again - that's not uncommon. Ditto the small LCD …
Tony Smith, 5 Sep 2011
LaCie Rugged Mini

LaCie reduced Rugged HDD size not capacity

LaCie has shrunk its rubber-wrapped Rugged external hard drive. Well, a little. Despite the word "Mini" being appended to the new drive's handle, it's not radically smaller than the current Rugged. LaCie Rugged Mini It's 135 x 86 x 19mm to the regular Rugged's 145 x 90 x 28mm - 40 per cent smaller by volume, but only a …
Hard Reg, 20 Jul 2011
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Sony pitches portable HDD for TVs, PS3

Sony took the wraps off an external hard drive this morning. The spec's nowt to get excited about - USB 3.0, 500GB capacity - but here's a unit being pitched not at PCs but at PS3s, camcorders and tellies. Sony HD-PG5U No question, it's a stylish boy. Sony hopes you'll want to plug into your Bravia telly, if it's one of the …
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2011
Freecom Mobile Drive XXS Leather

Freecom looks to leather for drive dress

Freecom has introduced a leather-clad external hard drive. Kinky. Freecom Mobile Drive XXS Leather Actually, it's branded the XXS rather than XXX, so picture a drive that looks like it's in a case rather than a second skin. Freecom Mobile Drive XXS Leather The Mobile Drive XXS Leather - to give it its full name - is a 2. …
Hard Reg, 16 May 2011
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Seagate intros Wi-Fi hard drive for iKit

Seagate has taken the wraps off a wireless hard drive designed as additional storage for iPhones and iPads. To that end the GoFlex Satellite line - 500GB only, so far - has on board 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi and a rechargeable battery. Download the app Seagate has posted for iOS devices, and 'Pads, 'Pods and 'Phones can access …
Tony Smith, 16 May 2011
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Samsung SuperSpeed drives out next month

Out next month: Samsung's latest USB 3.0 external hard drives, both 2.5in portable and 3.5in desktop units among them. The desktops fit into the M3 Station series, with capacities of 1, 1.5 and 2TB on offer. Samsung USB 3.0 HDDs Chav drive - the beige ones are a bit... Burberry The portables include the M2 and the C2, the …
Hard Reg, 14 Apr 2011
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WD outs 6TB monster drive

Western Digital has upgraded its two-disk My Book Studio II external hard drive to a whopping 6TB of capacity. Aimed at Mac fans, the drive comes formatted using the HFS+ file system. That makes it ready for Mac OS X's Time Machine auto-backup system. WD My Book Studio II 6TB You'll need OS X 10.5 Leopard or above - 10.4 …
Hard Reg, 17 Mar 2011
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LaCie cues up Thunderbolt hard drive

It's easy to claim a world first, but unless you're actually shipping something, the claim is arguably worthless. Marks, then, to LaCie for not claiming to the only storage specialist to have a Thunderbolt-connected external hard drive in the works. It does have one: the LaCie Little Big Disk, but it won't go on sale until the …
Tony Smith, 1 Mar 2011
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Freecom touts 'world's skinniest' mobile HDD

Freecom claims its new Mobile Drive Mg, an external HDD for Mac users, is the thinnest drive of its kind in the world. Bad luck, Freecom - Hitachi got there first, with its G-Drive Slim, also 10mm thick. Freecom Mobile Drive Mg Thin it may be, but that doesn't prevent it from packing in the latest in connectivity tech, USB 3 …
Tony Smith, 11 Jan 2011
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Storage shop ships storage for storage

Storage specialist LaCie's latest offering is storage in the broadest sense of the word. It's certainly solid state, too - but it's not a drive. No, the new Tank, as it's called, is a "resilient" hard drive case into which you slot a 2.5in drive - HDD or SSD - should you want your data storage to be "shock-resistant and tested …
Tony Smith, 8 Dec 2010

Official: Playboy back cat stashed on hard drive

NSFW We've heard of guys stashing away their pr0n collections on a covert external storage device, safe from prying eyes, but if you get your mitts on this one, your passion for the pudendic will be immediately obvious to all. US publishing outfit Bondi Digital has released a 250GB drive containing - we pull your plonker not - a …
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LaCie SuperSpeeds designer hard drive

LaCie has upgraded its Philippe Starck-designed metal-cased external hard drive to add USB 3.0 to the spec. Fortunately, you won't have to pay a penny extra for the SuperSpeed connectivity, at least as far as the drive itself goes. LaCie Starck Mobile LaCie wants 90 quid for the 500GB drive - exactly what it charges for the …
Tony Smith, 10 Nov 2010
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Hitachi eyes Apple owners for skinny HDD

SuperSpeed USB may be here, but USB 2.0 remains the standard. Drive makers are still releasing USB 2.0 drives - the latest is Hitachi with its G-Drive Slim. Hitachi G-Drive Slim The skinny 2.5-incher is being pitched at Mac owners as a compact - 129 x 82 x 10mm, 144g - 320GB backup drive. The Slim is pre-formatted for Mac …
Hard Reg, 3 Nov 2010
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WD intros latest network hard drive

WD has added a fresh model to its line of network-connectable hard drives. The MyBook Live, like the current My Book World Edition - reviewed here - comes in 1TB and 2TB versions and hooks up to your router over a Gigabit Ethernet link. WD My Book Live vs World Edition Networkable WD My Books: how the generations differ …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2010

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