Holiday Gift Ideas: Storage

Network storage, hard drives, memory cards and everything in between.

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Buffalo MiniStation Metro Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (HD-PXU2), by Buffalo Technology


A portable hard drive with capacities ranging from 250GB (version tested) up to 750GB, the Metro version includes Buffalo's BumperBody shock absorbers - rubberized protectors on the outside of the body to protect the drive from drops and other hazards. Yes, it's easy to drop and it will still work for you (just don't throw it at your TV or wall).

Another cool feature - the drive's flexible USB cable is attached to the unit and wraps around the casing for easy travel (an extension cable is also included). Other features include hardware disk encryption, backup software from Memeo, Picasa photo software and TurboUSB utility that aims to speed up transfer rates. It's a basic portable hard drive with lots of memory for storage, some extra protection and a nice wraparound cable so you don't have to worry about digging around for the right USB cable.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: About $90

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

Tuff-'N'-Tiny USB Drive (8GB tested)


Just when you thought things couldn't get smaller, along comes the Tuff-N-Tiny USB drive from Verbatim, a USB storage device that's smaller than most people's thumbs. Capacities include 2G-, 4G- and 8GB sizes, allowing for thousands of photos, music files or even movies to be stored and saved.

The tiny portion is just that – it's thinner than a standard USB port, yet it still fits in all USB ports. The "Tuff" portion is its rugged features that let you spill water on it, get it dusty, or drop something on it.

The drive comes with a bonus lanyard, which you'll probably want to connect because it's so tiny. In all likelihood, most people will lose this if it isn't connected to something more solid (like a lanyard and a keychain).

Still, it's kind of a fun little device and for 8GB to be stored on something that small, it blows my mind.

Cool Yule Rating: 4.5 stars

Price: $30

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Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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