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IronKey flash drive locks your data down

Posted in Flash Memory,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on July 30th, 2007

IronKey flash driveHow secure would you like your USB flash drive and its data to be? How about if it self-destructs (in the virtual sense) if tampered with? That’s the idea behind the new IronKey, a metallic flash drive available in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB storage capacities.

The IronKey offers on board hardware encryption which requires a password to unlock it. If someone attempts to tamper with it, the drive’s maker claims, “it will trigger a self-destruct sequence, ensuring data is kept confidential.” The drive itself is also secure, sporting a metal casing filled with epoxy to make it waterproof.

OWC offers up new NAS device

Posted in NAS,Storage by Nino Marchetti on July 25th, 2007

OWC NASPerformOther World Computing is looking to offer you some pretty serious home or business network attached storage options with its new NASPerform device. This NAS offering is available in five pre-configured solutions up to 750GB maximum and has a starting price of around $128.

The OWC NASPerform, available for both Mac and Windows based machines, can connect to a local network through Ethernet to offer storage and sharing of photos, music, movies and other data with up to 20 users. The NASPerform also comes with a USB 2.0 port, allowing one to use it as a portable external USB hard drive.

Kingston goes 266x write speed with CF cards

Posted in Flash Memory,Kingston,Storage by Nino Marchetti on July 23rd, 2007

Kingston 266 flash drive“Write speed…must have more write speed.” If you find yourself saying this phrase over and over again as you miss critical shots with your digital camera you’ll probably be happy to know Kingston announced today an increase in the speed of its Compact Flash Ultimate memory cards.

The new Compact Flash Ultimate memory cards are now rated by Kingston to have a 266x write speed. That’s twice the minimum sustained write speed previously available in the Ultimate line, said the memory products manufacturer. The cards measure 1.43″ x 1.68″ x 0.13″.

Buffalo’s 56GB SSD Pocket Drive

Posted in Buffalo,SSD,Storage by Reuben Drake on July 23rd, 2007

Buffalo SHD-UH Solid State 56GB portable driveBuffalo has a new solid state drive out pushing the SSD storage capacity to as large as 56GB. This drive keeps small in stature however with dimensions of only 57mm x 89mm x 14mm and a weight of only 60 grams. It’s ready for the real world with shock resistance and is small enough to fit in your pocket giving you 56GB of easy-access storage on the go.

The Buffalo SHD-UH comes in different capacities ranging from 16GB up to the 56GB version and getting SSD in this capacity apparently is still not coming cheap. What the size and capacity does for its competitiveness, the price almost takes away as the 56GB version will run as much as ¥100000, or about $820.

Source: AkihabaraNews

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.

Kingston DataTraveler 100 retracts

Posted in Kingston,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on July 16th, 2007

Kingston DataTraveler 100Kingston Technology is looking to put its own little spin on USB drives by offering up a new series sporting a retractable USB connector. The Kingston DataTraveler 100 line ranges in size from 1GB to 8GB and is priced from $19 to $116.

The Kingston DataTraveler 100 USB drives have a “thumb-action” slide set on the side of the drive that is used for retracting and protracting the USB connector in a single handed operation. This retractable design reduces the drive’s overall size, making it easier for transport.

Shiny Red Iomega eGo USB Hard Drive Debuts

Posted in Accessories,Iomega,Storage,USB by Nino Marchetti on June 26th, 2007

iomega-ego-160.jpgIomega has quietly been kicking out all sorts of data storage products over the years. One of its newest, the Iomega eGo Drive, looks to continue the tradition in a stylish way.

The most striking thing about this USB 2.0 drive is its looks. It sports a curved cherry-red chassis with chrome endcaps. That’s a nice change from more generic external USB drives. I also like the fact this drive is USB powered – no more needing to pull out yet another power brick and search for a free outlet.

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 …

The Polaroid Media Backup

Posted in Digital Imaging,Polaroid,Storage by Chetz on April 12th, 2007

Polaroid Media Backup CGA-02540The digital photography age hasn’t been kind to old school titans like Polaroid. The creators of the instant photo have taken a beating as digital cameras and photo quality printers hit the market and eliminated the need for dropping off your canister of film at the local photo department. However, this latest announcement from the company shows that there’s still innovation happening in their R&D department.

The Polaroid Media Backup CGA-02540 is perfect for anyone you know that is technophobic when it comes to downloading or transferring photos from one computer to another. When you plug this unit into your system’s USB it automatically searches for any digital photos, copies them to its 40 GB of storage and voila, instant backup. That’s it. No software to learn, no extra cables to clutter up your drawers, it all comes down to Polaroid’s ClickFree software.

It comes …

Too Much Information

Posted in News,Storage by Chetz on March 8th, 2007

Too Much InformationJust how much digital information is being created today? According to research firm IDC, 161 exabytes of information were created by individuals and businesses in 2006. Just in case you don’t know, an exabyte is one billion gigabytes worth of info. But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming: in the year 2010, just four years from today, IDC predicts that there will be 988 billion exabytes of data made, over six times the 2006 figure. That’s 57% growth per year, compounded, or put another way, a stack of books reaching from the Earth to the Sun, 93 million miles long – twelve times.

In 1996 about 48 million people were on this new thing called the internet. Ten years later, that number was up to 1.1 billion. By 2010, the same research company predicts that at least another half-a-billion individuals will be online, surfing, sending emails, …

Media Tank

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Chetz on February 16th, 2007

Media TankEver want to transport your computer’s hard drive without having to worry about its safety or without too much hassle? Or, are you just looking to have your backup drive outside your case but also not cluttering up your desktop? Enter ThinkGeek’s Media Tank which offers a permanent home for all your vital computer gear. Made of sturdy hard plastic and with built-in surge protection, this armored enclosure can contain your storage devices in one package and make them USB 2.0 accessible.

There’s room for a 5.25” optical drive and a 3.5” hard drive, a 6-in-1 card reader (CF I/II, MD, SD, MMC , MS/MS PRO) and an extra USB port up at the front for any thumbdrives you’re using these days. With all that ware in close proximity you won’t have to worry about overheating; inside the Media Tank is a cooling fan and aluminum …

Seagate DAVE Wireless Storage for Mobile Devices

Posted in Seagate,Storage by Paul Patterson on January 31st, 2007

Seagate DAVE Wireless Storage for Mobile DevicesSeagate formally introduced DAVE, the Digital Audio Video Experience at the DEMO 07 Conference. DAVE is a pocket-sized device that provides 10-20 GB of wireless storage for mobile phones, PCs, and other wireless-enabled devices using Bluetooth or WiFi connections. DAVE is about the size of a centimeter-thick credit card, measuring 3.5 x 4.7 x .47 inches (61 x 89 x 12 mm) and weighing only 2.5 ounces (70 grams).

Previously known under the codename “Crickett”, the project has already created significant buzz in the mobile phone community. Products based on the DAVE storage platform will allow consumers to access and store all of their mobile media on one device. DAVE will also help alleviate the headaches associated with upgrading mobile phones as all your content can be stored on a DAVE-based device.

DAVE has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that provides up …

HP MediaSmart Server

Posted in HP,Microsoft,NAS,Storage by Chris Weber on January 20th, 2007

hp media smart serverOne of the few notable moments in Bill Gates‘s yawn-worthy opening keynote address was the official introduction of Windows Home Server, a version of Windows designed specifically for devices like HP‘s MediaSmart Server. Added to a home network (which can include PCs and Xboxes), it will perform automatic backups, share files to every device on the network, and allow access to your stuff from any Internet-connected machine, all features previously reserved for high-end commercial networks, available in your humble abode later this year.

The HP MediaSmart Server uses Microsoft Windows Home Server as its operating system. As previously stated access to your network is easy to setup so you can get to your home files from anywhere. Want to share your photos with Grandma and Grandpa without posting them to a public web site? The MediaSmart server can do that. …