Thunderbolt is out, and the Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals are coming fast. LaCie has their Little Big Drive coming this summer, but if you need more than 500GB of space, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. Pegasus has you covered with their new R6 and R4 direct-attached storage units. Need to have 8TB of storage streaming at 800MB per second? Probably not! But this sucker can do it anyway. → Read More
Following the Thunderbolt-centered Intel and Apple announcements, we fully expect that the accessory makers will be coming in droves to support the new protocol. LaCie was among the early adopters of USB 3.0 when that was new, and so it’s no surprise that they’re in the front line with supporting Thunderbolt. Their first entry is this Little Big Disk, featuring the new connector and SSDs on the… → Read More
If you’re in a business that handles sensitive information, or are just conscientious about your privacy, you might want to read this study on SSD erasure. As you know, there are ways of erasing traditional magnetic hard drives that are more or less totally irreversible. Writing all zeros, writing garbage, zeroing again, and so on. After a few cycles it’s fresh and clean.
SSDs are a different… → Read More
Over the years we’ve seen Drobo expand its portfolio of devices from a strictly consumer-oriented lineup to a broader and more business-friendly one. October’s DroboPro FS made a beeline for small businesses by mashing up its networking-centric FS series with the 8-drive Pro series. And now they’re taking that a step further with the 12-bay version of the same.
There’s a naming convention change… → Read More
This news isn’t really… applicable to many of our readers, I think, but it’s still cool. The tape drives used as archival backup systems for many companies are the last thing that occurs to people when they think of cutting-edge technology, but the truth is that as long as there is an infrastructure and companies relying on the tech, it’ll keep on being supported. And the latest advance comes… → Read More
Hint: it is not the cufflinks, but it is near them. Yes, that thing. Lacie is making forays into the world of fashion, if we are to take their word for it, and the Galet is their first entry. “Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process.” How luxurious!
The trouble comes when you have to plug it in. There are… → Read More
The kids at Western Digital officially called “First!” way back in the balmy summer of 2009 on a 1TB 2.5-inch spinning disk hard drive, but this Seagate model is a bit different and the first of its kind. The Constellation.2 drive is designed for the enterprise market, for servers and data storage needs, not your next laptop. → Read More
LaCie continues to expand its rugged gear line with the Tank, which is essentially… a box to put your things in. But it’s a really nice box. → Read More
The LaCie FastKey is USB 3.0 and comes in 30GB, 60GB, and 120GB capacities. All in a aluminum form factor about the size of a pack of gum. Even with a starting $150 price tag, it’s still more fantastic than a couple of beers and microwaved s’mores. → Read More
Well… no. But it is kind of a fun exercise to compare the HDDs of yesteryear with modern ones. The performance increase is really spectacular, and it’s helped enable things like HD video playback, high-resolution textures, and all kinds of other stuff. You may not have thought your drive was slow back in ’98, or that the one you’ve got now is particularly fast, but this little comparison ought… → Read More
External hard drives do not have to be stale and fake. They can look just as good as they perform and the latest from LaCie fits the profile nicely. The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 seems at first like every other external on the market, but then slowly you start to appricate the less is more design. It’s sexy. → Read More
Short Version: This seemingly everyday USB 3.0 hard drive hides a couple dirty secrets. tl;dr don’t buy this drive. Why you ask? You’re going to have to click through for that. → Read More
See what I did there? Because there’s really not much else to it: it’s a slim external drive with a slim 2.5″ 320GB HDD in it. What more do you need to know?
Well, I guess I could tell you the price, and dimensions, and stuff like that. → Read More
Here’s a little tidbit of news; nothing ground-breaking, but right in line with a trend I’ve been watching for a year or two now. Kingston has released an improved version of their enterprise SSD line with a version that internalizes TRIM support, making OS support for the SSD management utility irrelevant. At the rate Kingston and everyone else are improving base SSD technology, can it really be… → Read More
I usually don’t blog about the many, many memory cards that come out of Japan on a weekly basis, but things are a little different when Sony seems to be determined to continue embracing SD cards. Today, the company announced [JP] both, an SDXC card-compatible reader, the MRW-F3, and a whole series of SD cards. → Read More
Western Digital outed a 3TB external hard drive under the My Book line just a few weeks ago, but now, the same 5400 RPM hard drive along with a slightly smaller 2.5TB version are available sans the enclosure. Both drives ship with an PCI-E Advanced Host Controller Interface Host Bus Adapter that will add operating system support for the large drives. Even with this card, the drive will not talk… → Read More
Since it’s launch, the PogoPlug has been an interesting little NAS device. The PogoPlug software has been continually updated with new features. There’s a vibrant developer community. And, most interestingly to me, the PogoPlug does not try to hide the fact that it runs Linux; indeed, they even tell you how to SSH into the thing! The recently released business-oriented PogoPlug Biz offered… → Read More
Seagate has been pushing its 3TB-per-drive advantage ever since it put out the 3TB GoFlex back in late June. They used ‘em to put 12TB into a 4-drive NAS, and I think some of that love must have trickled down to make this little 1.5TB baby possible. But their nemesis, Western Digital, may catch up in the coming months, having just announced a 3TB drive of their own. → Read More
Another year, another Drobo. Well, this time around it’s not really that new, but it’s still noteworthy. You probably remember the NAS-focused Drobo FS and the giant 8-drive DroboPro, right? Well, sometimes when two storage solutions love each other very much… you get the idea. → Read More
Do you need a lot of storage? I mean, an amount that can be officially described as a shit-ton? But the only requirement you have is that the device has to be the size of a toaster. Well, buddy, do I have good news for you. Let me introduce you to the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440. → Read More
Slowly, but surely USB 3.0 is finding its way into more portable devices with the Toshiba Canvio being one of the latest. The just-announced Canvio 3.0 line brings USB 3.0 for no additional cost, while still offering the standard pre-loaded backup software and 256-bit data encryption. Available at the standard retail outlets, the line features a 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB drive, that carry the… → Read More
Network-attached backup devices are sold at Walmart these days so excuse me if I don’t get that excited about the space anymore. They’re everywhere and for the most part, that’s a good thing as people really should be backing up their files somewhere. The latest from LaCie however, merges the NAS backup device with a wireless router in a fashion similar to Apple’s Time Capsule and that makes me… → Read More
Nowadays, going from home to college doesn’t always mean a huge upgrade in connection speed (as it did for me), but you’re still going to find yourself downloading, trading, and storing stuff more than ever. But there are also more opportunities for streaming and storing things online. What are your best options for managing all that data? → Read More
Looking for a very, very small USB drive? Well, LaCie has got you covered. The new MosKeyto is about as small as I can picture these things getting. It comes with a little cap and a way to attach it to a keyring, but other than that it’s just your standard tiny USB 2.0 drive. It comes in 4GB ($18), 8GB ($28), and (soon) 16GB ($38 maybe?) flavors and also includes online storage at Wuala, in… → Read More
Not everyone is buying into the SSD thing just yet — they’re still awfully expensive, and the technology seems to be improved monthly. But on the off chance you’ve just decided to leave the spinning platters of yesteryear behind, here are a few new Samsung drives that sound just dandy. → Read More
The Samsung S2 external hard drive line just got a bit more interesting. Not only are they a bit slimmer, the latest models rock USB 3.0 connectivity and just so that extra bandwidth doesn’t go to waste, 7,200 RPM hard drives as well. The drives come loaded with some random back up and security suites. So far the line is only announced for Euroland, but chances are we’ll see them here… → Read More