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    Fusion Drive: an overview

    Posted November 17, 2012 - 8:35 am

    When Apple unveiled its new Fusion Drive in October, the announcement left more questions than answers. With precious few details on offer, it seemed as if Apple were merely applying a bit of marketing glitz to the not-very-new hybrid drive market.
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    Review: WD My Passport Edge (500GB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:35 am

    The $100, 500GB Western Digital My Passport Edge is thinner and more attractive than the standard WD My Passport, but it can't compete with Seagate's Slim in either regard. It's an excellent performer and sports a nice software utility bundle, but isn't available in larger capacities.
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    Review: Seagate Satellite Mobile Wireless storage (500GB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:35 am

    While it's a good all-around portable drive, the 500GB Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless's raison d'être is serving up files and multimedia via Wi-Fi. The drive creates its own local hotspot that you can log onto with just about any device sporting a Web browser to view the documents, video, music and photos stored on the drive. Seagate also provides dedicated GoFlex Media clients for Android and iOS devices.
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    Review: Seagate Slim Portable Drive (500GB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Seagate's $120, 500GB Slim is easily the sexiest, thinnest portable drive in the roundup and as far as we know, in existence. Indeed, at first sight, several PCWorlders mistook it for a phone. What that says about phones is another matter. The downside to the super-svelte, 9mm thick Slim is limited capacity: it's available only with 500GB.
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    Review: Western Digital My Passport (2TB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:35 am

    The My Passport is Western Digital's mainstream line of portable hard drives. The best performer in the roundup, it's available in 500GB to 2TB flavors for twice the available capacity of any of the other drives we tested.
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    Review: Rocstor Lancer LX (500GB)

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:25 am

    The 500GB, $115 Lancer LX is a ruggedized portable hard drive with both USB 3.0 and Firewire 800 ports for good performance on both PCs and Macs. In our tests, the Lancer LX finished in third place overall, just behind the two WD drives and just ahead of the Seagate Slim.
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    Iomega StorCenter ix2-dl: network-attached storage can be used for video surveillance, too

    Posted August 21, 2012 - 9:31 am

    The Iomega StorCenter ix2-dl is the company's least expensive two-bay NAS (network-attached storage) product, and a notable step up from its more consumer-oriented Home Media Hard Drive. At $200 without disks, it's a good performer for reading back data, and Iomega's software features are solid, only a notch or two below Synology's and QNAP's.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Secure flash drives lock down your data

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Hollywood makes secure flash storage look easy. If the bad guy steals a thumb drive, it either blows up or some secret counterintelligence agency marshals the nation's resources in a no-holds-barred data hunt--most likely with Bruce Willis or Tommy Lee Jones working the streets. If the good guy steals the drive, it goes to a special-needs, special-deeds sidekick in a basement somewhere who cracks the code in 5 minutes.
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    Best NAS boxes for less than $1,000

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    Buffalo shattered the $1,000 barrier for a terabyte of shared storage back in 2005. With storage prices continuing to drop, that same $1,000 today can buy a four or even five terabyte network attached storage (NAS) device with RAID 5 disk redundancy, plus additional features, like backup storage licenses and indexing capabilities.
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    Storage in the Cloud

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Third-party cloud providers are popping up all over the place, offering a wide variety of capacity/pricing plans. Here's a round up of how each one stacks up in terms of cost, size, and operating system compatibility.
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