• Review

    Top cloud services for storing and sharing photos

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Digital photography has made it possible to document nearly every event without spending a fortune on film. But this surfeit of photos presents a challenge, too: What’s the best way to share them all?
  • Easy ways to clear space on your laptop's hard drive

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:05 am

    It's all too easy to run out of disk space.
  • Review

    UltraDock v5 great for connecting bare hard drives

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    The WiebeTech UltraDock v5 is a multi-interface dock with a number of different connections, enabling users to connect drives mechanisms to a Mac.
  • Review

    Online storage face-off: Google Drive vs. Dropbox

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    In this corner, weighing in at 50 million users, and five years’ growth under its belt, the filer from Manila-er, the forest that counts all its trees, the synchronized, syncopated master of all it shares, Droooooopbox! And, in this corner, the Mountain Viewmaster, the original 800-pound gorilla, the only thing that scares Steve Ballmer while he sleeps, a giant among search engines, Goooooooglllleee! When these online storage sluggers come out fighting, will there be a knockout, or just a bloody match?
  • Password protect a flash drive

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Enddylopez asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum about password protecting a flash drive.
  • How fast are the MacBook's USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    The new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are the only laptops that support both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports for external devices. The performance advantage for peripherals is tremendous.
  • Storing files on your camera card

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Reader Derrick Cliff has need of quick and dirty storage. He writes:
  • Gartner: top 10 emerging infrastructure trends

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Gartner kicked off its Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit here today with a "top 10" list of the most significant emerging trends that will impact data centers and information technology used by businesses and government from now into the next four or five years.
  • Review

    The best encrypted flash drives

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:30 am

    If you're physically transporting data you don't want other people to see, you should be doing it on secure media. And what better than something that hides easily within a pocket? Secure flash drives that are only about the size of a small cigarette lighter feature robust hardware security to make them super secure. You'll pay a premium for the integrated security, but you can't put a price on the peace of mind you get by knowing that your data is locked down.
  • How to partition your hard drive to optimize performance

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Solid-state drives are all the rage lately, thanks to their high transfer speeds and ultrafast access times, but most people still use cheap, spacious mechanical hard drives. Unfortunately, mechanical hard drives also constitute one of the most significant performance bottlenecks in modern computer systems. Even when paired with the fastest processors and lots of memory, a slow hard drive will drag down the a system's overall performance and responsiveness, which is why upgrading to an SSD usually yields such significant performance gains.
  • iCloud storage upgrade extended for MobileMe users

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

    MobileMe users are getting three extra months of free iCloud storage upgrades as they make the transition to the newer service. In its FAQ explaining the transition, Apple quietly extended the deadline to September 30. The change was first reported by Japanese blog Macotakara.
  • Beyond .zip: secrets of the archive utility

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    If you’ve ever sent, or received, a big file via email, you’ve undoubtably encountered a zip file. Double-click one of these and it expands to show files hidden inside. A zip file, or archive, takes up less space than the original files, so that your documents, images and whatnot are easier to send or store. But what do you do if a file won’t expand or you come across a different type of archive? Here are answers to frequently asked questions about working with compressed files on Mac OS X.
  • More reasons why Dropbox has won so many geeky hearts

    Posted December 23, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Here are a few intangibles that have made Dropbox such a big success among the early adopting, tech-loving crowd.
  • Video

    Floppy disk drives create Star Wars Imperial March

    Posted September 30, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    If you have a bunch of floppy disk drives lying around, do what this guy did - create the Star Wars Imperial March theme from it. Sure, it looks easy. Or you could just enjoy this video.
  • Data center lock-down is top concern.

    Posted September 15, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Data center security an afterthought? Survey says: No!
  • Kindle Maker Amazon opens GovCloud for fed data only

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Officially, it's the AWS GovCloud (US), a new service from Amazon Web Services organized just for the federal government. The feds are hot for cloud services, but they also demand a long list of acronym-filled certifications like FISMA, SAS-70, ISO 27001 and more, including "an environment that enables agencies to comply with HIPAA regulations" according to their new release.
  • Cloud storage firm raising $35 million in equity financing

    Posted August 16, 2011 - 5:00 pm, a provider of cloud-based storage and file-sharing for businesses, has raised $18.7 million in financing from seven unidentified investors.
  • Symantec unveils SaaS storage products

    Posted May 4, 2011 - 12:14 am

    At its users conference this week, Symantec released a slew of upgrades to its midrange backup, enterprise archive and data management products and said it will begin offering a SaaS model.
  • 20nm flash chip means more mobile-device features, smaller SSDs

    Posted April 15, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Intel and Micron announced they have almost halved the size of their NAND flash circuitry, which will open up space in end products for things such as larger batteries or new chips with additional features.
  • VMware's incestuous acquisition of Mozy from EMC doesn't overcome 'Huh?' factor

    Posted April 6, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    VMware wants Mozy's data-center skills, which is what VMware is supposed to do best. So where's the benefit?
  • Amazon disguises powerful online storage as cloud music service

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    Amazon pitches Cloud Drive to consumers as online music storage to stream MP3s, but it can do a lot more than than, at 60 percent the cost of S3.
  • Dell reveals its storage roadmap, acquisition integration plans

    Posted March 17, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Dell met with Computerworld to explain how it plans to integrate its recent acquisitions of Exanet and Ocarina with its Compellent and EqualLogic products.
  • Wave of Big Data could swamp corporate IT

    Posted March 10, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Big Data requires more than just lots of storage. Data sets that big break every app they run through, bog down nets and servers and raise IT's Excedrin bills.
  • Will the cloud curb interest in 64GB iPad 2?

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    With consumers increasingly turning to cloud service providers for data storage needs, analysts say buyers might opt for 16GB or 32GB models instead of the top-end 64GB iPad 2.
  • SSD firmware destroys digital evidence, researchers find

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    A technology built into many new solid state drives (SSDs) to improve their storage efficiency could inadvertently be making forensic analysis at a later date by police forces and intelligence agencies almost impossible to carry out to legally safe standards, researchers have discovered.
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