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 Review

WD has refreshed several of their highly popular portable and external storage solutions, including the My Passport, My Passport for Mac, and the My Book, the latter which we will be looking at for this review. The newly designed external storage solutions feature a new modern, sleek-looking build that is noticeably smaller than the previous model as well as a generous 8TB in maximum capacity. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Drive Review

LaCie’s latest batch of desktop drives combines emerging USB-C technology with their classic Porsche design for up to 8TB of storage. Although it can take advantage of the improved transfer speeds of USB-C, this drive is fully compatible with USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) through the use of LaCie’s included adapter cable. Thanks to the enhanced wattage of USB-C, compatible laptops can draw power from LaCie’s desktop drive; this feature clearly caters to the new MacBook, which consolidates its data transfers and power supply into one port. LaCie’s customary aluminum finish and minimalistic enclosure design easily pairs the Porsche Design desktop drive with any Mac setup (although it is also compatible with Windows).

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Innov8 Desktop Hard Drive Review

Seagate's new Innov8 HDD is the first USB-powered hard drive that provides 8TB of storage; users with a USB-C/USB 3.1 compatible device can deploy Innov8 with a single cord. Although it is not exactly "portable," Innov8 is protected by an aluminum enclosure which makes it more durable than most desktop drives. In addition to the 8TB of storage that the drive itself provides, Innov8 comes with a 2-year subscription to OneDrive (200GB). Innov8 is also compatible with the Lyve app, which backs up mobile device media into a folder that can be accessed on the Lyve desktop app.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Is Updating Capacity & Performance On Its Line Of Products

Today G-Technology, a Western Digital Company, announced that their line of products were getting a capacity and performance bump. The increased capacity and performance come as the needs of creative professionals are growing. Not only that but the vast majority of consumers are generating more and higher resolution content that needs a method of storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces Backup Plus Hub

Recently Seagate Technology announced a new product that, unlike most of its products, will tackle several uses at once including storage, the Seagate Backup Plus Hub. Based off of the Seagate Backup Plus, the new Backup Plus Hub will feature up to 8TB of capacity as well as two integrated USB 3.0 ports. The new device also contains Seagate Dashboard Software and includes up to 200GB of OneDrive storage for two years.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases The First USB-Powered Desktop Hard Drive, Innov8

Today Seagate Technology announced the launch of the world’s first USB-powered external desktop hard drive, the Seagate Innov8. Innov8 is a high capacity drive at 8TB, and uses Seagate’s new Ignition Boost Technology in order to allow it to be powered through a USB cable with no need of an independent power source. This high capacity, USB-powered drive is all contained in a beautifully designed outer casing.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces 8TB/16TB Models of Hard Drives and External Storage Solutions

Western Digital Corporation has announced the addition of 8TB drives to its line of storage solutions for NAS, video surveillance and desktop external use cases. Each of these storage solutions will be equipped with HelioSeal helium-technology 8TB HDDs, which will allow for both maximum storage and efficient performance. WD has also indicated that some products will have 16TB capacities as well, consisting of two 8TB drives in RAID 0.

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology Announces G-SPEED Shuttle XL RAID Storage Solutions

G-Technology has announced two new mobile 8-bay RAID storage solutions, the G-SPEED Shuttle XL as well as a model that includes ev Series Bay Adapters. The new storage solutions come with an integrated handle to make it easily for professionals on the go and to fit inside a standard protective case. Both solutions are designed with performance and capacity in mind for post-production and backup in the studio. They will be showcased February 23-25 at BV EXPO (BVE).

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces New Storage Solutions At CES 2016

Toshiba has announced several storage solutions at CES 2016, including the Canvio Premium, A series of portable hard disk drives (HDDs) featuring both USB Type-A and USB Type-C compatibility; the Transmemory EX Dual, a dual port Type-A and Type-C flash drive engineered for quick and easy transfers between devices; the Canvio for Desktop External Hard Drive, a high capacity storage solution in a compact design; and the TransferJet Wireless SD Memory Card Class 10, designed for users who require both speed and convenience.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Announces New Porsche Design & New Chromé Desktop Storage

Today at CES, Seagate Technology’s premium brand, LaCie, announced two new products, the Chromé Desktop Storage and a new line of Porsche designed drives. The new Porsche designed drives feature USB-C connectivity and up to 8TB of capacity. The Chromé was designed by Neil Poulton, also has USB-C connectivity, and claims to be the fastest USB device on the market.

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