External desktop storage reviews range relatively widely from single to several drive units that perform an immense variety of tasks. Some external desktop storage reviews feature devices designed for capacity expansion, typically via 1-5 bays, that interface over Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. Others feature direct attached storage (DAS) devices that connect with similar interfaces or even Gigabit Ethernet. In these external desktop storage reviews, we also look at specialized products designed specifically for RAIDing drives, backing up home media content via a router connection, or providing a local and cloud storage solution.
by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

WD is a household name when in the external storage market largely due to the highly reliable and successful My Book line, which the company continues to expand and update. To this end, WD has added a new massive capacity model to their veteran My Book Duo line with a 20TB model. Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 (including two USB 3.0 Type-A hub ports), this massive dual-drive storage solution is meant for consumers and professionals who store a ton of media or those looking for a proven and easy-to-use backup solution.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Releases 20TB External Desktop Storage

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) launched what it is calling the world’s highest capacity external desktop storage system, the updated My Book Duo. With upwards of 20TB of capacity, the new My Book Duo can give both consumers and most professionals the storage they need for their ever-expanding digital content libraries. The new RAID storage system offers enough room to back up photos, videos, music, work, and important documents while providing fast transfer speeds.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Upgrades Several Devices To Thunderbolt 3

Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that its G-Technology line would be upgrading several of its products to Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. This update not only improves connectivity from G-tech’s product line to modern computers, it also brings faster transfer speeds that creative professionals will need as their content gains in resolution and takes up more capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Introduces 2big Dock With Thunderbolt 3

Today LaCie announced an update to its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. The new 2big now supports Thunderbolt 3 technology granting the device the bump in performance that comes with the new interface. The device is yet another in the long line of beautifully designed devices from LaCie and designed by Neil Poulton. Aimed at creative professionals such as photographers and videographers, the 2big provides several ports to connect devices, when some modern notebooks do not.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Announces Its New G-DRIVE USB-C

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that it was expanding its G-DRIVE portfolio (under the G-Technology brand) to now include a USB-C version of the device. Available in up to 10TB of capacity, the G-DRIVE USB-C is designed with creative enthusiasts in mind. The USB-C interface works well with next-generation Mac and PC computers while simultaneously charging compatible USB-C devices.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Updates Its d2 & Rugged Drives

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, LaCie (the premium brand from Seagate Technology) announced updates to both its Rugged and d2 Thunderbolt storage devices. The Rugged series has been updated with a maximum of 5TB in capacity and the d2 now carries an upward of 10TB of capacity. Both of the devices will now sport a USB-C port for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: LaCie, Dell EMC, Seagate, Datera, Lenovo, Nimble, Barracuda, DDN, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. LaCie has introduced what it calls the world’s fastest desktop storage. Dell EMC announced the GA of its Documentum for Life Sciences. Seagate launched what they are calling the world’s fastest HDD for mission critical workloads. Datera announced integration with Openstack FUEL. Lenovo is partnering with Nimble and DDN on two separate projects. All this is among a few other announcements.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Mini Dual NA460C Review

The Netstor Mini Dual NA460C is a desktop direct attached storage device in a tiny compact form factor. The NA460C has a built-in hardware RAID processor and support four RAID modes including RAID1, RAID0, SPAN, and JBOD. The device provides a physical option for selecting the desired RAID mode on the back of the device, giving users the option for data protection through RAID1 or maximum storage through SPAN (16TB according to Netstor using two 8TB HDDs). The NA460C also uses USB-C interface.

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