Quick: what's more important? Your entire My Documents directory, or your Facebook / Flickr galleries? The answer seems fairly obvious, but for those too proud to admit it, Seagate's got a new hard drive that'll delicately handle both. The outfit's latest line of 2.5-inch mobile HDDs goes by the name Backup Plus, aiming to give consumers one-click backup and the ability to save and share your content on Facebook and Flickr. They'll work interchangeably with both Windows and Mac platforms, and they ship with a new Seagate Dashboard interface that makes all of that "one-click magic" possible. The company's proclaiming that these guys are the world's first external drives to "provide backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr," with a single-click path to Save (download) and Share (upload) personal videos and photos. Backup Plus drives can be snagged in the US starting today, with Amazon, Best Buy and other reputable dealers offering 'em in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities for portable drives and 1TB to 4TB for Backup Plus Desk drives. Pricing and color details are spelled out in the presser just after the break.
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Just days after WD revealed new 2TB My Passport drives
for the USB 3.0-respecting world, along comes an option for those running OS X. Aside from the conventional USB 2.0 socket on the My Passport Studio, the Mac-friendly unit also packs a pair of FireWire 800 sockets. Not surprisingly, it ships with hardware-based encryption and password protection software, and while it'll probably come formatted for an Apple, there's nothing at all stopping other platforms from taking advantage. It'll ship in any capacity you want so long as you're happy with 2TB, and it'll be available at fine retailers around the globe this month for $299.99.
Continue reading Western Digital intros My Passport Studio 2TB portable HDD, twin FireWire 800 ports included
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There's nothing quite like under-promising and over-delivering, and it seems that we've got just that scenario in the case of this here rumor
-turned-reality. After hearing that Seagate was planning to update the firmware on its GoFlex Satellite streaming hard drive, the company has indeed released version 1.3.5.015 today, a 51MB file that makes quite a few succulent changes. For one, it improves battery life (from five hours to seven), and it also "lifts the restriction on the number of devices that can connect to the drive at one time." Lastly (and perhaps most importantly), it provides a pass-through for internet access when connected to the drive. As you'd expect, the new bits and bytes are available gratis, and they can be downloaded there in the source link.
Seagate releases GoFlex Satellite firmware update: improved battery life, WiFi passthrough originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Too lazy to pop your existing HDD out in favor of a Momentus XT
solid state hybrid drive? There's a Monster
for that. In what has to be one of the poorest partnership decisions of the new millennium, Seagate has decided to hitch its wagon to a company famous for scamming customers
, suing small businesses
and charging a fortune for things that... well, shouldn't cost a fortune
. Here at CES, Seagate and Monster Digital are introducing the Dakar series of upgrade kits, which will be offered with 750GB and 500GB models of Seagate's Momentus XT drive at suggested retail prices of $289.99 and $269.99, respectively. For those keeping count, the drives alone will run you around $100 (500GB) and $185 (750GB), which means that you're paying well over a Benjamin for the following: software (not needed; download cloning apps for free), cables (a couple of bucks on Monoprice), an instructional video (Monster should actually pay you
to watch this) and a screwdriver (you have ten -- just look). Great product launch, guys. Just great.
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Pogoplug, as they say, just got served. Sanho
-- the same geniuses responsible for the HyperMac
-- is introducing yet another intelligent box here at CES 2012. The diminutive CloudFTP is a battery-powered file server that takes popular USB devices (thumb drives, hard drives, etc.) and then streams 'em to up to three different devices or serves vanilla files to any WiFi device within range. Better still, it's capable of syncing data with iCloud, Dropbox, Box and a slew of other online cloud storage devices, and it'll churn out files for a solid five hours before needing a recharge. There's an ARM9 microprocessor inside to handle the ins and outs, and considering that it measures just 2.95- x 2.28- x 0.87-inches while weighing 3.8 ounces, it ought not weigh you down too badly when traveling. It'll ship next month here in the States for $99.95, which is $30 higher and a month later than we heard back in November of 2011.
Continue reading Sanho's bantam CloudFTP puts USB storage devices online, streams on battery power and sheer will
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Not only is it the chunkiest My Book
we've ever seen, but it possesses the otherworldly ability to live in the here and now and
the hereafter. Analogies aside, the new My Book Live Duo is hailed as such: "a personal cloud storage system that combines the benefits of shared storage and remote access with double-safe backup or
increased capacity of a dual-drive system with RAID." It's compatible with Mac and PC systems (and yes, Time Machine
support is thrown in for good measure), and you'll find a pair of drives within the casing alongside an 800MHz CPU and an Ethernet port. WD's hawking these in 4TB (2 x 2TB) and 6TB (2 x 3TB) capacities, and if you weren't already sold, the units ship with support for the company's WD2go remote access platform -- something that's accessible via the web, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android. Finally, there's a DLNA-certified media streaming badge, and it's available as we speak at select US retailers for $399.99 (4TB) / $499.99 (6TB).
Continue reading Western Digital's My Book Live Duo marries RAID and cloud storage, bytes everywhere celebrate
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Yeah, Seagate's GoFlex Satellite
and Kingston's Wi-Drive
already have this market on lock, but you won't find us kvetching about a healthy dose of competition. Transcend has just outed yet another product in its growing StoreJet
lineup, with the StoreJet Cloud stopping by the FCC for a cursory glance prior to being formally revealed here in the States. We're betting it'll get an official reveal next week at CES, where it'll offer wireless media streaming to (at least) iOS devices via an associated app. It looks as if streaming to traditional web browsers will also be supported at launch, with Android support following shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, it also looks like pricing is apt to keep this thing away from the masses, with a paltry 64GB model rumored to run $300.
Continue reading Transcend's StoreJet Cloud packs inbuilt WiFi, streams media to iOS devices
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Storage enthusiasts (yeah, there is
such a thing -- what of it?) would probably tell you that PCIe-based SSDs are a dime a dozen these days. But in all seriousness, the prices we're seeing are proof that a few more competitors wouldn't hurt. A few weeks back, Austria's own Angelbird started to ship
a solution that we first heard about
during 2010, and we were fortunate enough to pop a Wings PCIe SSD RAID card into our Mac Pro for testing. For years, we've been booting this up and running every single application off of its stock HDD -- a 640GB Hitachi HDE721064SLA360 (7200RPM) -- as we surmise many of you desktop owners might be. Anxious to see if these are the Wings your existing tower needs to soar? Head on past the break for our impressions.
Continue reading Angelbird's Wings PCIe-based SSD preview and benchmarks
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It's taken its sweet time, but folks who weren't exactly keen on the Promise Pegasus
finally have a compact option for putting their Thunderbolt
port to good use. LaCie has just announced that it's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt external drive -- a first for the outfit -- is available to purchase. For those keeping count, it's only the second overall T-bolt drive to hit the scene, with this 1.4-pounder boasting a pair of 2.5-inch drives, support for JBOD / RAID 1 / RAID 0 and a typically metallic chassis that measures 1.6- x 5.5- x 3.3-inches. We're promised speeds as high as 480MB/sec (for SSD arrangements) and 190MB/sec (for HDD models), and users can daisy chain several of 'em to hit transfer rates of around 800MB/sec. These guys should be available starting today (though Apple's online shop currently has a "one to two week" wait), with the 1TB 7200RPM edition retailing for $399, and the 2TB 5400RPM model listing for $499. We're still awaiting word on the specifics surrounding the October-bound 240GB SSD variant, but those who'd rather press their luck for a free one can enter the ongoing contest in the More Coverage link below.
Continue reading LaCie ships Little Big Disk Thunderbolt, promises 240GB SSD variant in mid-October
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Archos Android tablets. Typically considered also-rans, but these things do
have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and up to 250GB harddrives. More »