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Marshal Double Rack lets you duplicate HDDs without a PC

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2009

Marshal Double Rack lets you duplicate HDDs without a PCMost people don’t clone their hard drives, but when you have to do it, it can be a real pain. If you have to clone hard drives on a regular basis, you might want to check out this Double Rack USB/ eSATA dock. It allows you to plug in two hard drives, and clone one from the other.

The most interesting thing here though is that it doesn’t require using your PC to do it. No need to tie up your machine at all. You can also use it as a regular hard drive dock too. It can even clone PS3 hard drives.

pqi H560 shock proof hard drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2009

pqi H560 shock proof hard driveHard drives have come a long way, buy they are still prone to failure if you drop the drive. And that’s no fun at all. Luckily for us all pqi’s H560 Ultra Shock Proof Hard Drive can ease our minds by being able to withstand military standard drop tests.

The 2.5-inch SATA drive within is connected to your PC via USB 2.0, and the drive comes in 320, 500 and 640GB sizes. The 500GB will cost you about $120, and comes with a standard 3-year warranty.

Imation unveils Pro WX, world’s first wireless USB external HDD

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on November 20th, 2009

imationprowxThe economy and slow adoption haven’t been kind to many companies in the wireless USB market. These facts have forced many of the largest out of the market altogether. Long after we first heard of wireless USB, we are finally getting the first HDD to use the tech called the Imation Pro WX.

The drive uses wireless USB connectivity with a 30-foot range. The computer the drive connects to has to use an included dongle for connectivity. Imation claims the wireless connectivity is good for data transfer speeds up to 15MB/sec.

OCZ and SandForce team for new SSDs

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on November 11th, 2009

ocz-logoSSDs are slowly starting to replace the traditional HDD in computers and notebooks. The SSD is faster and uses less power to operate making for longer battery life on notebooks. The catch is that the typical SSD is still too expensive for most computer users. OCZ makes a line of lower cost SSDs and has announced that it has a new family of SSDs coming to market using SandForce SSD processors.

The new SSDs will debut in the coming weeks leading up to CES 2010 in January. The drives will be offered in enterprise and consumer versions using 3Gbps SATA or 6Gbps SAS interfaces. The drives will be built with both MLC and SLC NAND memory inside.

MLB team logos come to flash drives for geeky baseball fans

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

centonbaseballflash-sgSports fans often like to show their team spirit by wearing their team logo on shirts, hats and jackets. Team logos also find their way onto cars and into other places as well. If you are a serious baseball fan and want a new flash drive emblazoned with your team logo, Centon has you covered.

The company has announced a new official licensed line of flash drives with all 30 MLB team logos available. The line of flash drives is available with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of storage and will be offered at several online etailers.

SaberTooth S4 netbook SSD upgrades revealed

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

sabertoothssd-sbIf you purchased a netbook from Asus a while back that used an SSD, you may have the thing packed with files now and be out of storage space. If so you are in luck; a company called Active Media Products has unveiled a line of upgrade SSDs that offer more performance and more storage.

The new line of SSDs is called the SaberTooth S4 series and they are compatible with the Asus S101, 900, 900A, 901, and 1000 Eee netbooks. They will also work with other machines that use mini PCIe card storage with the SATA-II interface.

PureSilicon 256GB Renegade R2 SSD Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2009

PureSilicon 256GB Renegade R2 SSD DrivePureSilicon has upgraded its Renegade R2 SSD series with a brand new 256GB version. The drive features 255MB/sec sequential read rates and 180MB/sec sequential write rates and supports MIL-STD-810F standards so that it can hold up in extreme temperatures and to shock and vibration.

The tough and rugged 256GB SSD drive will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2010 along with encrypted versions. The PureSilicon 256GB SSD Drive is also available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

1TB Origin Storage Portable Hard Drive with hardware encryption

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

1TB Origin Storage Portable Hard Drive with hardware encryptionThe 1TB Origin Storage portable hard drive comes with built in hardware encryption to protect your valuable and highly secret data. The device is available in two versions. The Pro version features 128bit AES hardware encryption, while the Enterprise version features 256bit hardware encryption.

Both models boast an LCD screen that can be used to enter an 18 digit PIN number in order to access the drive. These hard drives can also detect brute force and malware attacks and can be set to self destruct and clean all of the data from the device should you need it.

Pretec unveils i-Disk Tango 266x world’s fastest USB flash drive

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on October 14th, 2009

pretecflashdrive-4uWhen it comes to computers, flash drives and other gadgets and technology, we typically want the fastest gear we can get our hands on. Today Pretec announced what it claims to be the world’s fastest USB flash drive. The drive has read speed of 40MB/s and write speed of 30MB/s.

The theoretical max speed for USB 2.0 is 60MB/s. The drive is available in 8GB to 128GB making it the fastest and largest capacity drive in the world if you get the 128GB version. Inside the drive is MLC NAND flash storage to keep pricing down.

ioSafe’s Fireproof, Waterproof External Drive Tested

Posted in Review,Storage by Darrin Olson on October 7th, 2009

ioSafe Solo external hard drive is waterproof and fireproofioSafe, a technology producer of disaster proof storage hardware, launched the ioSafe Solo in January and this week we took the opportunity to test one out to see how well it would hold up. The ioSafe Solo is a rugged external drive designed to keep your stuff safe in the event of a disaster such as a fire, flood or the building literally falling around it.

The ioSafe is not shockproof however and is not designed to be dropped from great distances or thrown around. It is however built to withstand intense heat (up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes), complete submersion (up to 10 feet for 3 days!) and is encased in a rugged enclosure making it like the Sherman tank of external drives.

Touch-sensitive LaCie Starck drives

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2009

Touch-sensitive LaCie Starck drivesThe new LaCie Starck drives are super sexy and look like melting chrome. Has storage ever been this sensuous? They were designed by Philippe Starck. The pair come in the form of the LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive and Desktop Hard Drive.

Some features include an LED indicator in the shape of Starck’s sign that is projected onto the table, and the fact that the surface is touch sensitive, so you can assign actions to different kinds of touch. For instance, a tap will trigger the launch of an application, while a caress can start an automatic backup.

Super Talent unveils RAIDDrive SSD with 2TB capacity

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2009

supertalentraiddrive-sgSuper Talent announced a crazy fast SSD that doesn’t use the SATA interface that most SSDs use. That old and tired SATA interface is just too slow for Super Talent’s needs, the RAIDDrive slips into a vacant PCIe slot on the mainboard.

The PCIe slot allows the RAIDDrive to support sequential read speeds of up to 1.4GB/sec and sequential write speeds of up to 1.2GB/sec. Inside the RAIDDRive are four separate SSDs that use the SATA interface and higher capacity RAIDDrives cram eight SSDs into the RAIDDrive SSD.

Pliant unveils super fast Enterprise Flash Drive

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2009

pliantssdRight now when we think of enterprise storage and speed, the product that jumps to mind for many of us is an SSD. These expensive and fast storage devices are very beneficial in the enterprise environment. A company called Pliant has unveiled a new line of storage products called Enterprise Flash Drives that may be even better than the SSD.

The EFD is a storage device that integrates advanced software and a proprietary ASIC controller to improve performance dramatically. The EFD also has minimal energy and space requirements. The drives come in 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors.

Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Aegis Padlock Secure Hard DriveApricorn has introduced its Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive that sports a keypad so that users can enter PIN numbers to access the data inside. So if you lose the drive, it can’t be accessed without the PIN number. This drive also features AES-128 or 256 bit encryption to keep things safe when connected to your machine through a USB 2.0 cable and it’s cross-platform compatible.

Another interesting aspect is an administrator feature that allows you to set up to ten user IDs and one administrator, so that others can have direct access to the information. Some other features include a 16-point omnidirectional shock mounting system and it will come in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB storage capacities.

Split Stick Flash Drive Debuts

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on July 24th, 2009

splitstickOn your typical flash drive, you can always add new folders inside the drive to segregate your data. For some users that really want to keep work and home separate folders may not be good enough.

For this type of users the new Split Stick may be perfect .The device is a double-sided flash drive that is more like two drives grafted on to the end of each other. The drive has one USB connector and a switch that changes between one 2GB flash device or the other.