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Alienware notebooks bring 320GB to the party

Posted in Alienware,Hard Drives,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on September 22nd, 2007

Alienware notebooks come with larger 320GB hard drivesAlienware continues to break ground with its notebooks as the company is now boasting the first consumer-available portable system that comes with an internal 320GB hard drive. What can you do with 320GB? Well, according to Alienware you’re looking at up to 53 games, 80 movies or over 81,000 songs giving you an estimated 339 days of continuous music.

The company is offering the 15.4-inch Area-51 m1550, the 17-inch Aurora m9700 and the Area-51 m9750 with the new, larger 5400RPM hard drives. Since the 17-inch models have dual drive bays you can even double that and have two drives either separate or in a RAID array. They also have the option of paring with SSD drives to give you the best of both worlds in storage and speed.

LaCie Designer Drives, by Sam Hecht

Posted in DVD,Hard Drives,LaCie,Storage by Matt on September 20th, 2007

Lacie Unveils drives, DVD burner designed by Sam Hecht
Aesthetics are not something people usually talk about when it comes to Hard Drives and portable storage devices, but would you rather have a clunky box sitting on your desk or a slick looking portable storage device like the LaCie devices pictured here? Designed by renowned designer Sam Hecht, this new line of machines do what they’re told and look good doing it.

The LaCie Little Disk line will provide a capacity of 30 to 250GB in 1.8 inch and 2.5 inch drives both of which support the USB 2.0 interface. Additionally the 2.5 inch version will be available with Firewire connectivity and a one-click synchronization and back up function. The drives are available now with prices starting at $90 USD.

Western Digital gives My Book drives an upgrade

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage,Western Digital by Reuben Drake on September 20th, 2007

Western Digital My Book External hard drive Essential Edition 2.0Western Digital has unveiled some new features and a new look to its line of external My Book hard drives. The Home Edition, Office Edition and Essential Edition 2.0 all offer up to 1TB of data storage along with a compact design and are smart enough to power themselves off when you computer shuts down.

Both the Home and Office editions have also traded in the light ring on the front for a straight bar that not only indicates power but gives you an estimate of available capacity at a glance. They also house a backup feature that will automatically back up anything that’s saved to it.

LaCie Golden Disk HDD draws looters to your cube

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,LaCie by Nino Marchetti on September 11th, 2007

LaCie Golden DiskLaCie is taking what we’ll call artistic freedoms with its newest external hard drive solution. Open your wallets and expect to shovel out around $190 for the Golden Disk come late October.

The LaCie Golden Disk is designed by French designer Ora-Ïto and has 500GB of storage. It’s described as being a “sleek, liquid-inspired device” and should definitely spark some conservations as people pass by your cube. It supports USB 2.0, can be used with Windows and Mac and does, in fact, contain a small percentage of real gold.

Seagate updates OneTouch backup hard drives

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,Seagate by Nino Marchetti on September 6th, 2007

Maxtor OneTouch 4Seagate is gearing up for the holiday shopping season by unveiling the latest generation of its popular Maxtor OneTouch external hard drive backup solutions. The Maxtor OneTouch 4 family is available in three models and various hard drive sizes starting now.

The Maxtor One Touch 4 family offers up a new, better software suite to make data protection and security reportedly more easy to control. Features include the ability to perform multiple-computer data synchronization, drag-and-drop encryption and a bare metal system restore. Some of the drives have also gotten a face lift, sporting a new “industrial” design.

Toshiba drives it up to 160GB

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage,Toshiba by Chetz on September 6th, 2007

Toshiba 1.8" 160GB hard driveHot on the heels of yesterday’s Apple news concerning the 80GB and 160GB iPods, Toshiba has just released its own news about two similar sized storage media units of its own. Sometime before the end of the year the ‘shiba will release the MK model 80GB and 160GB 1.8-inch hard drives which, coincidentally, also happen to be the same memory size as the just-announced iPod Classic models. Except that there is no coincidence when it comes to technology, is there?

The 160GB drive will be Toshiba’s first that uses a CE-ATA interface while the 80GB unit employs PATA technology. Both drives have a storage density of 228 Gb per square inch. Speed wise the 80GB drive gets the edge (66 MB per second transfer rate) with the 160GB second (at 52 MB/s) but it uses less power for its functions.

HDD Connection Convenience

Posted in Adapters,Hard Drives,USB by Reuben Drake on August 30th, 2007

Tripp Lite U238-000 USB 2.0 SATA/IDE Combo Adapter connects hard drives to your PC externally through USBEven though the size of hard drives are continually increasing so does the media that you store on them, requiring you keep buying more drives and bigger capacities to store all of your awesome-quality high-def content. A real pain however is having to go through the process of powering down your computer, opening up the case and connecting one of these new hard drives just so you can format it or transfer some data to it. Also, I’ve found that sometimes there just isn’t another SATA or IDE connection available once I get the case cracked open.

The folks at Tripp Lite have made this a whole lot easier with this set of cables designed to let you connect your SATA or IDE drive external through a simple USB 2.0 adapter. The U238-000 USB 2.0 SATA/IDE Combo Adapter allows for individual or simultaneous connection to a drive to configure it or transfer data without having to install it, turning any internal hard drive into an external USB storage device.

Suissa Shadow Wooden External Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Suissa,USB by Reuben Drake on August 22nd, 2007

Suissa Computers Shadow Wooden External Hard DriveIt seems like lately we’ve been seeing more and more gadgets being made out of wood; adding to the list is the Shadow external hard drive from Suissa Computers. The Shadow comes in a round wooden enclosure made from Maple in three different styles called the Silver, Natural and the Shadow Glass shown here.

Each enclosure contains a USB 2.0 connection to a 750GB hard drive housed inside. The box also has 4 USB ports and jacks for audio out and a microphone. The Suissa Shadow drives are designed to give you a functional external hard drive that breaks the mold of standard metal and plastic enclosures along with additional convenient ports that you can access within arms reach (since you will likely have this art-like piece sitting on your desk). The Shadow Glass pictured here has a glass-top finish and …

I/OMagic TeraBank provides 1TB storage space

Posted in Accessories,Hard Drives,I/OMagic by Nino Marchetti on August 21st, 2007

I/OMagic TeraBank 1000GB1TB of external hard drive space…mmmmm….tasty. You get the general idea of this newly remodeled data storage device from I/OMagic, the TeraBank 1000GB. This massive drive is priced at around $300.

What makes the TeraBank 1000GB remodeled, said I/OMagic, is a “more sturdy, sleek, black and silver enclosure.” While aesthetics are certainly nice what really matters to us is the ability to use this device to archive our gigs and gigs of music, video, digital photos, etc. The TeraBank 1000GB lets us do that through a USB 2.0 connection capable of a maximum transfer rate of up to 480MB per second.

miniStack NAS gives you network media streaming

Posted in Hard Drives,Networking,Newer Technology,Storage by Nino Marchetti on August 14th, 2007

Newer Technology miniStack NASNetwork Attached Storage (NAS) for the purposes of sharing media across a home network is a category more and more computer companies seem to be wandering into. Newer Technology adds its own entry into the race with its new miniStack NAS.

The Newer Technology miniStack NAS, available in storage sizes up to 750GB and starting at around $120, is geared towards the home or small office network. Newer Technology says this NAS device, which connects with up to 20 Windows or Mac users, can stream multimedia files to compatible media players and only requires installation of a device driver to each connecting computer. One can also connect to the miniStack through USB 2.0.

Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,Iomega,Networking,Storage by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

Iomega StorCenter Network Hard DriveIomega has definitely come a long way since the days of the Zip drive. Today the long time data storage equipment provider unveiled a new line of Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives, available in 1TB ($389), 750GB ($359) and 500GB ($269).

The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drives are designed for home office and small business networks. They offer features like media and print server capabilities, backup and disaster recovery software and compatibility with both Mac and Windows based computers. All three products use 3.5-inch 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives with an 8MB cache and the 1TB unit is a two-drive product supporting RAID 0 (striping), RAID 1 (mirroring) and JBOD (which treats both drives as a large single drive).

LaCie debuts 2TB triple interface external HDD

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on July 20th, 2007

LaCie debuts 2TB triple interface external HDDLaCie is thinking big with its latest external hard drive. 2TB big that is. Stomping through the computer lowlands now is the LaCie Big Disk Extreme+. It’s priced at between $350 and $850, depending upon the total storage size you need.

The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ is available in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities. It supports the three major interfaces for transferring files from a Mac or Windows machine to its storage, using FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. It also comes with backup software which can be launched via a one-button press on the body of the drive.

Kanguru showcases eco-friendly external USB HD

Posted in Computer Components,Hard Drives,Storage by Nino Marchetti on July 19th, 2007

Kanguru Eco DriveKanguru Solutions, a developer of hard drive products, announced today what it is calling the “most environmentally friendly and energy efficient external hard drive on the market.” EcoGeeks get ready – the Kanguru Eco Drive should be coming your way soon.

The Kanguru Eco Drive is a high-speed USB 2.0 hard drive available in capacities of up to 750GB. Kanguru says this hard drive has three power saving modes to gauge hard drive usage and reduce power consumption by up to three quarters. These power modes are configurable through included Windows software.

I/OMagic Unveils 250GB Portable GigaBank 2.5

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Darrin Olson on June 17th, 2007

I/OMagic Gigabank 2.5 portable 250GB driveI/OMagic is known for data storage products and has recently expanded its line of external hard drives to include a 250GB model of their 2.5″ portable hard disks. The large capacity, pocket-sized drives are enclosed in a sharp looking aluminum frame and then covered in a black leather carrying case. The GigaBank 2.5 portable drive connects via USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) and is powered entirely through the USB connection requiring no additional power source. The drives have a transfer rate of up to 480MB per second and run plug-and-play with any post-Windows 98 machine.

“The continual growth of digital technology increases the need to carry large quantities of photos, music, video, or documents with you wherever you go,” said Tony Shahbaz, president of I/OMagic in the press release. “The new high capacity small form factor 160GB 200GB 250GB ‘Data To Go’ drives …

WD My Book Storage Expanded to 1.5TB

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage,Western Digital by Chris Weber on June 11th, 2007

My Book storage solutions from Western Digital increased its lineup to include 750GB and 1.5TBWestern Digital announced today that they are expanded their My Book lineup of external storage devices to include larger capacities of 750GB and 1.5TB.

With all the multi-media content available in higher HD quality and at more reasonable prices, the desire for more storage increases as well. This external drive can be used for to keep HD movies, photos or just for backing up computers or data. The My Book line from Western Digital has a plug and play setup and the My Book World Edition has a feature that allows secure, remote sharing of the drive content directly through the internet, even when the computer is powered down.

The new 750GB and 1.5TB My Book external drives are available now and the whole lineup has suggested prices ranging from $279 up to $699 depending …