There’s a hidden part of each of us that revels in destruction. That part of us sees a piece of technology billed as “rugged” and vows to destroy it. Granted, most rugged hard drive enclosures are a joke—a thin layer of rubber over a standard plastic chassis; or a thin aluminum shell, if you’re lucky, with a 2.5-inch drive held inside. They’re meant to survive a drop from a desk to the floor, or sometimes just to look cool. IoSafe, on the other hand, is serious about the “rugged” label, and the Rugged Portable SSD is among the toughest external drives you can get. Challenge accepted.
Is your smart TV too dumb to recognize a 3TB hard drive? You have three choices: Buy a smarter, um, smart TV, invest in a smaller hard drive that won't confuzzle your TV set, or flip the switch on Buffalo's new HD-ALCTU2/V external hard drive to drop from 3TB to 2TB or 1TB, depending on what your not-so-smarty pants TV can handle. It's a pretty cool concept, and one that's not marred by lost storage space should you have to drop down to a lower capacity. Hit the jump to find out why.
When we woke up this morning, we had no idea that the security of backup data would be the trend of the day, but here we are anyways (and to be fair, we don't think so clearly in the morning). We've already told you about the supposedly invincible M-Disc, so let's talk external drives; Seagate's new GoFlex Turbo HDD hit store shelves today, and it comes with the company's SafetyNet Data Recovery Service included. If your GoFlex Turbo gives up the ghost in the next two years, Seagate will try to recover your data for free, either remotely or in-lab.
The USB 2.0 drive can, of course, also write onto CD-R (24x), CD-RW (16x), DVD-RAM (5x), DVD+/-R (8x), DVD+/-R Double/Dual layer (4x), DVD+RW (8x), and DVD-RW (6x). It also doubles up as a 3D Blu-ray player.
According to Sony, the BDX-S500U will retail for $200 when it becomes available later this month. That said, it is already available from a few online retailers.
Lian Li has come up with a new line of enclosures, only these are for your hard drive, not your entire PC. Dubbed "EX-10Q," these external drive enclosures provide a colorful home for your 2.5-inch hard drive (or SSD).
Constructed of thin aluminum and available in a variety of colors (red, silver, black, and blue), the EX-10Q connects via a USB 3.0 port allowing it to reach speeds of up to 5Gbps, or up to 480Mbps if you're still rolling old school with USB 2.0 (and thanks to Intel dragging its feet, most of us are).
The EX-10Q enclosures measure 75mm x 12mm x 130mm (or 2.95in x 0.47in x 5.12mm for those of you who shake an angry fist at the metric system) and will start shipping soon for $30.
Even though most computers are not designed to fully utilize a 3TB drive, Seagate could not resist the temptation of launching “the world's first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive.” According to Seagate, the 3.5-inch FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external hard drive can hold up to 120 HD movies or 1500 video games.
Should you have the misfortune of experiencing a flood or fire in your home, backing up your digital photos, music, documents, and other data probably isn't high on your list of things to do. Even power users tend to put family and pets first, and for those of you that are married, don't forget the wedding album (for the wife) and universal remote (for the husband).
A new product by Solo promises to keep your data safe in the event of a disaster if you don't have time to pick up your computer, laptop, and other devices containing your data. The company's ioSafe is an external USB 2.0 storage unit capable of holding up to 1.5TB, but unlike typical external backup drives, the ioSafe was built to withstand extreme situations. Solo says it can survive temperatures up to 1550° F for 30 minutes and/or being submerged in 10 feet of fresh- or saltwater for 3 days. To prove it, Solo posted a video demonstrating situations you probably (definitely) shouldn't try at home.
The ioSafe is available for preorder (ships January 28, 2009) in 500GB, 1TB, and 1.5TB capacities for $150, $200, and $300 respectively.
We expected LG’s new 6x external Blu-ray burner to perform similarly to the company’s GBW-H20L, what with the two having identical read/write speed ratings, but we were wrong. The external drive is a bigger, more expensive letdown.
Hit the jump for the reason we're crying into our corn flakes.
From a design perspective, the Seagate FreeAgent Pro is nearly perfect. The company has turned out a device that looks, dare we say, Apple-esque. Or maybe Orange-esque, the prevailing color that glows and pulsates through the middle of the drive’s tower-like drive holder.
There are three schools of thought concerning external storage solutions: build an oversized bookend that rocks out with huge amounts of storage, sculpt a supremely portable device that you’d actually want to carry around, or just make a plain-vanilla enclosure. OWC’s Mercury On-the-Go drive is a surprise contender in the second category, as it’s a delightful combination of portability and speed.