With several connecting technologies, storage technologies, and a constantly changing warranty landscape, it can be difficult to find the external storage device that meets your needs for speed, reliability, and budget. That's why we provide thorough reviews to help.
Cheaper, Faster and More Versatile: External Hard Drives from CoolMax, Maxtor and Seagate
Mar 8, 2005 - in Reviews
External hard drive storage has become a buyer's market. For less than $200, you now get USB or Firewire connectivity with 200 GB of capacity. The latest from CoolMax, Maxtor and Seagate show how vendors now want to make back up easier, too.
StorCase InfoStation Condenses Business Storage
Jan 18, 2005 - in Reviews
Seagate's 2.5" Savvio drives open up new market segments in the business storage world. StorCase took a chance on this new technology by developing the InfoStation, a 19" 1U storage module that holds up to ten 2.5" U320 drives and looks quite promising.
Storage and Security On the Go: 6 External Hard Drives
Jan 14, 2005 - in Reviews
Today's users need ever-increasing amounts of storage. Furthermore, they need that storage to be portable and secure. We tested 6 external hard drive units using a variety of drive sizes and interfaces, many featuring fingerprint sensors or DES encryption for security. How do they measure up?
Locking Down Your Data with Cipher Shield External Hard Drive Encryption
Sep 16, 2004 - in Reviews
External hard drives are sitting ducks for data thieves if lost or stolen. Cipher Shield offers a 2.5" device that encrypts external hard drive data. But is the solution worth a base price of $300?
Safer Stick: Biometric Flash Disk
Apr 9, 2004 - in Reviews
USB flash drives are convenient, but their small size makes them prone to theft or getting lost. While Plexuscom's device is just as easily lost or stolen as the next flash drive, a built-in fingerprint sensor ensures that no one other than yourself can access the data.
Go External: FireWire 800
Apr 2, 2004 - in Reviews
USB 2.0 is far from good enough for high-speed data transfer applications. Vendors are now pushing FireWire 800 to the plate for applications such as high-speed hard disk backup. We look at FireWire's robustness, its performance as a LAN network protocol and its data-transfer future.
Mar 12, 2004 - in Reviews
A USB memory key is indeed a handy little gadget, but Gigabyte's WLBZ201 also offers Wi-Fi access as well. For USB memory key and a wireless adapter functionality, the WLBZ201 leaves nothing to be desired. However, the device does have its shortcomings.
Backup Master: Western Digital Media Center
Feb 17, 2004 - in Reviews
Backing up a PC's data today generally requires the expensive necessary evil of an external hard drive. Western Digital tries to make life easier with its WM Media Center, a portable storage device with 250 GB of capacity that offers an 8-in-1 card reader with dual-option USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Our tests reveal whether or not the device makes the world of backup storage an easier place in which to live.
A Sturdy Companion: Olixir Mobile Data Vault 3DX
Feb 13, 2004 - in Reviews
Mobile hard drives are usually sensitive, but not this one. The Data Vault 3DX, with its shock-absorbent design, was specially developed for users on the move. The manufacturer, Olixir Technologies, is even confident enough to call it the perfect external drive.
Feb 6, 2004 - in Reviews
PQI's USB memory stick, which offers up to 512 MB in storage capacity, is incredibly small and light. Like other memory sticks on the market today, PQI's I-Stick plugs into the USB port of any PC or laptop. But unlike other competing devices, this memory stick fits in your wallet.
Mobile and Attractive: External Hard Disks from Maxtor and Seagate
Dec 18, 2003 - in Reviews
The latest generation models not only look good, they are also more intelligent - and they come with up-to-the-minute features such as one-touch backup. We tested the OneTouch from Maxtor and the External Hard Drive from Seagate.
External, But How? Mobile Storage Solutions Compared
Sep 15, 2003 - in Reviews
The number of external storage devices on the market continues to proliferate, but not all of them are user-friendly, flexible and affordable. We compared HighPoint external serial ATA products with both common and unusual USB and FireWire devices from Fujitsu, Maxtor, Western Digital, WiebeTech and Transcend.
Flexible All-Rounder: External Drives from Western Digital with 200 and 250 GB
Apr 11, 2003 - in Reviews
External hard drives from Western Digital have been around for some time now. What's new is that they now support FireWire and USB 2.0 in the same device, allowing the 200 GB and 250 GB top-of-the-range models, which we look at here, to work with virtually any PC. At the same time, an 8 MB cache is now also available. Let's see how they score in performance.
Hop To It: Kanguru Micro Drive With USB 2.0
Mar 27, 2003 - in Reviews
Portable USB flash drives with 256 or 512 MB are no longer a rarity. But it doesn't take long before you start hankering for faster transfer rates, especially since USB 1.1 maxes out at just under 1 MB/s. The USB 2.0 Kanguru drive promises to transfer even more data from and to the PC in less time. Here, we compare it with the smallest of the new drives, the Axis Mobile Disk from Hana Micron.
USB 2.0 as a Multi-Purpose Solution: The External ATA Drive Case from ADS Technologies
Jan 16, 2003 - in Reviews
There is a veritable host of external hard drives or CD ROM drives on the market. The external system developed by ADS Technologies allows you to run any ATA drive - including hard drives - via the USB port. Is this solution better than external hard drives produced by major manufacturers?
The Mobile Storage Giant: A FireWire Hard Drive From Western Digital
Apr 26, 2002 - in Reviews
The ever-increasing hard drive capacities appear to be coming to a halt, but the manufacturers never rest: Western Digital offers its latest top-of-the-line 120 GB model in a portable version with a FireWire interface. How does this model compare to desktop drives?
Smart and Universal: Flotec's Pockey Drive vs. Trek's ThumbDrive
Feb 13, 2001 - in Reviews
The ThumbDrive is based on Flash memory, Flotec's Pockey consists of a 2.5" hard drive. Which one is the better portable USB storage solution?
Making Gigabytes mobile: Firewire Harddrive from Western Digital
Aug 4, 2000 - in Reviews
Western Digital has become a supporter of Firewire by supplying external storage solutions as well as PCI and PC-Card adapters. We took a look at their 20 GByte drive.