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

Drobo B810n Hybrid Storage System Now Available

Drobo has announced the B810n, a hybrid storage system based on the company’s BeyondRAID technology, which is leveraged in most other Drobo storage solutions. Featuring hybrid storage and data aware tiering, the company indicates that B810n is 5x faster than its predecessor and offers users advanced automation and technical features. Drobo has also designed their new hybrid storage solution to be accessible as possible, making it ideal for home offices, and small and medium-sized businesses and even those looking for a home entertainment hub.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Pro Review

The WD My Book Pro is the company’s latest high-performance dual-drive storage RAID storage system to hit the market. Featuring Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, the WD My Book Pro is designed for pro users looking for a speedy, yet efficient way, to manage huge amounts of digital content, as it can hold upwards of 12TB in raw capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Expands Its Evolution Series

Today G-Technology, a Hitachi company, announced that it was expanding its Evolution Series with four new devices. The Evolution Series is comprised of docking stations, and interchangeable and expandable external hard drives aimed at the creative professional. The new products include the G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters, ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition, G-DOCK ev Solo, and the ev Series FireWire Adapter.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Pro Now Available

WD has announced the availability of the My Book Pro storage device, which is designed to offer pro users an efficient way to manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435MB/s transfer rates.  Capacity options include 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB models.

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by Lyle Smith

PROMISE Technology Pegasus2 R2+ Review

PROMISE Technology’s Pegasus2 R2+ is a two-bay Thunderbolt 2 DAS equipped with RAID 0/1 configurable storage using hot-swappable HDDs. The R2+ is catered towards smaller businesses, SOHO users, and media professionals looking to migrate and manage their data at very high speeds. Promise claims that the R2+ is the fastest Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID storage solution on the market.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate 2TB Game Drive for Xbox Consoles Announced

Seagate Technology has announced their new 2TB Game Drive for Xbox at Gamescom 2015 in collaboration with Microsoft as a strategic marketing relationship. This new external drive works as add-on storage for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles while sporting the same color scheme.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Cinema Announced

In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, WD has announced the new My Passport Cinema 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movie storage solution, specifically designed to organize and store high-definition digital movies and TV shows on VIDITY-enabled devices such as Samsung SUHD TVs. Compatible content also includes new releases in full 4K UHD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Updates to Backup Plus Line of External Drives

Seagate Technology has announced that its Backup Plus family of external drives is now offering 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage and the addition of Lyve’s photo and video management app. Seagate Backup Plus drives are bundled with Seagate Dashboard software for plug-and-play PC backup as well as mobile and social media backup. Seagate has also announced a 4TB capacity for its Backup Plus portable, which is the company's slim 20.5mm form factor external HDD that uses a five platter portable drive.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive Review (8TB)

The Seagate Backup Plus 8TB is the latest addition to their portfolio of external desktop drives, offering users with the largest available single-drive solution available on the market. The availability of an 8TB model is certainly a very important release for many, as data size and storage requirements continue to grow at a very fast pace. As such, the 8TB unit is ideal for professionals who deal with extremely large files (i.e. videos, project files) and need an archive solution. The new Seagate external drive is also catered towards consumers looking to backup and protect the entire contents of their computer and on their frequented social media websites. Under the hood lays the 8TB Seagate Archive HDD, a drive used predominantly for active archives, featuring a relatively low price point as well as a very energy efficient design. Users can also install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac on the Seagate Backup Plus, which allows them to use the drive interchangeably between both Windows and Mac computers without having to reformat the drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Announces Two New G-RAID Solutions

HGST G-Technology has announced the latest versions of its G-RAID with removable drives solution. The new G-RAID solutions come with two connectivity options: there is the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and the G-RAID with USB 3.0 only.

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