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    3 wireless media hubs: Extra storage for mobile devices

    Posted September 16, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    Travelers who want to take some extra storage and battery power along with them should check out these three mobile devices.
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    Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD

    Posted September 6, 2013 - 10:58 am

    We analyze the tech reasoning and put four defraggers through their paces on both kinds of drives. The results may surprise you.
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    IDriveSync secures cloud storage

    Posted September 4, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    Cloud storage and security are two concepts that many people think are exclusive. But that's not the case with IDriveSync, a cloud storage tool that puts the user in control of security.
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    Upload files to Dropbox via email with Send to Dropbox

    Posted August 20, 2013 - 11:55 am

    If you're looking for a simpler way to send content directly to Dropbox, Send to Dropbox has you covered. This free service generates an email address, and any attachments sent to that address are automatically saved to Dropbox.
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    Four excellent Dropbox alternatives for your small-business storage needs

    Posted August 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Dropbox revolutionized the way we share information, and no enterprises have enjoyed the benefits more than small businesses. Cloud storage has enabled them to access critical data from the road, work across geographic boundaries, easily share large files, and do away with costly physical infrastructure.
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    7 mobile hard drives: More portable and more powerful

    Posted August 19, 2013 - 11:23 am

    If you want to back up and carry all your data with you, these lightweight hard drives let you do it easily and with style.
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    Buffalo DriveStation DDR provides a boost over a typical hard drive

    Posted August 13, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Buffalo's newest external desktop hard drive, the DriveStation DDR HD-GDU3, offers the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the speed similar to a solid-state drive (SSD). Buffalo does this by pairing a 2TB hard drive with a 1GB DDR3 RAM cache--Buffalo says that the cache makes file transfer speeds "up to 2.3 [times] faster."
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    HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

    Posted August 8, 2013 - 11:28 am

    HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management
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    Review: SanDisk's wireless mobile flash drives -- one of them's a winner

    Posted July 25, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    SanDisk this week released its first wireless external flash drives, offering mobile device users up to 64GB of capacity for streaming movies or storing photos. But only one of the two drives is a clear winner.
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    Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD brings big storage to tight spaces

    Posted June 5, 2013 - 10:00 am

    While it's easy to make a thin SSD for low-profile laptops and other mobile computing devices, NAND memory isn't cheap. Designers are constantly faced with a choice between capacity and affordability. While 2.5-inch hard drives are about one-fifth the cost of SSDs,their 7- or 9mm profiles rendered them difficult to implement in ultraportables and other smaller laptops. That's why the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD is big... err small news.
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    Open Drive turns cloud storage services into one big file sharing network

    Posted June 3, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    You can keep your Google Drive files private, or you can use it as one huge file sharing network. Many Google Drive users allow public access to their files, which means that if they have a certain type of file that you also need, you can request a copy...if you can find it.
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    A NAS box for all seasons

    Posted May 28, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    We tested five Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances, ranging from 4T to 18TB in capacity and targeted for small offices and businesses with up to 20 to 25 users. All are more-or-less in the same price range: about $700 to $2,000 with drives.
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    Here, there, everywhere: 3 personal cloud storage systems

    Posted May 28, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Cloud storage has become increasingly popular, both for individuals and companies, as a place to stash everything from tax records to family photos. Services such as Dropbox, Box, SugarSync or Google Drive offer the chance to easily store your data and then access it from any of your devices.
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    Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

    Posted May 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

    HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management.
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    Wi-Fi hard drive showdown: Corsair Voyager vs. Seagate Wireless Plus

    Posted April 16, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    A new class of portable hard drive creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot.
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    Seagate Wireless Plus review: A terabyte of mobile wireless storage

    Posted April 2, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Seagate's Wireless Plus drive offers a terabyte of storage and a way to stash your videos, photos, music and documents or wirelessly stream them to your mobile devices.
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    Synchronize any Windows folder on your PC with Dropbox, thanks to Dropbox Folder Sync

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Dropbox is a useful service that proves its worth time and time again. But to sync your data to other computers and mobile devices, you need to get that data into the default Dropbox folder in the first place, and sometimes that can prove problematic. Some data--such as browser profiles (Firefox), games points and profiles, Outlook data files, and password manager files (such as KeePass)-- can't be moved. For this, you will need Dropbox Folder Sync.
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    Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2: Small, simple and affordable

    Posted March 12, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Small businesses looking for network attached storage would be wise to look at the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2. Administrators will find this appliance easy to manage and will appreciate its support for third-party add-ons.
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    HP brings sizzle to Windows Storage Server

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    The HP StoreEasy 5530 puts serious muscle behind Windows file serving, Hyper-V virtualization, and SQL Server workloads
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    Transcend ESD200 review: A fast little external SSD

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Transcend's ESD200 external SSD is fast and very portable. Unfortunately, the backup software doesn't impress.
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    SugarSync 2.0 goes public, we go hands-on

    Posted February 15, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    SugarSync recently rolled out a new-look interface with new features. Is it enough to push the cloud storage service over the top?
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    Review: The best network monitoring system on earth

    Posted February 6, 2013 - 10:35 am

    ScienceLogic EM7 brings ultraflexible, ultrascalable, carrier-grade network monitoring to the enterprise.
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    Iomega px2-300d network-attached storage device

    Posted January 31, 2013 - 11:39 am

    The Iomega px2-300d is a two-bay NAS box that delivers very good performance, excellent backup and surveillance features, and a helpful LCD that reports on the unit's status (IP address, current time, storage remaining, and so on). Its EMC LifeLine operating system is also one of the more feature-rich ones in the industry. But you should buy this box bare--Iomega populates it with enterprise-class hard drives that jack up the price.
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    QNAP TS-269 Pro review: A fast and powerful NAS box with a steep learning curve

    Posted January 30, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    While pricey, excellent performance, copious software features, and state-of-the-art connectivity render this two-bay NAS box a good deal.
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    FreeNAS: Flexible, fast storage, and the price is right

    Posted January 28, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    It takes something different to stand out in the crowded network-attached storage market. How does free, as in free beer and free speech, sound?
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