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

Toshiba Announces New Portable Storage Offerings

Toshiba has announced new branded storage product offerings at CES 2015, including the TransferJet, which enables fast point-to-point wireless data transfer between PC and mobile devices; FlashAir III Wireless SD Card, which is a storage device that allows users to share their images, videos and files wirelessly; Canvio Connect II Portable Hard Drives, which are a modern looking USB portable that offers all the essential functions as well as scheduled backups and remote access; and the 3TB Canvio Basics, which Toshiba’s simple storage solution and first to market at this capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper and ev ATC Announced

G-Technology has announced new rugged storage solutions, the G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper and the G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt/USB 3.0, which are designed to help keep content safe from bumps and bruises due to its drop-resistant build as well as protection from the elements with the ability to float when dropped in water.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Mirror 1TB External Drive Announced

LaCie has announced the USB-powered LaCie Mirror portable hard drive, designed as both a functional 1TB hard drive and as a decorative piece for the home and office. The LaCie Mirror hard drive is encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay Announced

Seagate has unveiled two new storage products for the home, the Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay. Seagate indicates that the two Personal Cloud drives differ from their competition by how easily they can stream content to smartphones, set-top boxes, tablets, PCs or televisions using the Seagate Media application. In addition, when combined with the Seagate Mobile Backup app and Dashboard software, Seagate Personal Cloud also serves as a central backup device for PCs, Mac computers, USB drives, iOS and Android mobile devices.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Announced

​CalDigit has announced the Thunderbolt Station 2, their successor to the original Thunderbolt Station, which now features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual eSATA 6G ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio in/out. The Thunderbolt Station 2 also has the unique ability to be in either a horizontal or vertical position, which is ideal for people who have to manage with limited desk space.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit T4 Review

The CalDigit T4 is a four-bay storage solution designed for the Mac platform, featuring the latest Thunderbolt 2 technology, storage capacities up to 20TB and compatibility with various RAID configurations to offer professionals quite a bit of versatility. The new T4 also comes with the CalDigit Drive Utility, which is management software that allows for complete control of the company’s storage devices. The bundled software also provides users with vital drive information, RAID management, event notifications, email notifications, event logs, and disk benchmark tests.

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by Tucker Mindrum

G-Technology G-RAID with Removable Drives Review

G-Technology's G-RAID Removable Drive Storage System is a 2-bay attached storage device intended for media professionals that want a large capacity (at a lower cost) for low-demanding use cases. The G-RAID would be appropriate for high-definition streaming, photo editing, or just straight-forward storage. G-Technology loads the G-RAID with two of its standard 7200RPM HGST SATA III HDDs with total capacity options of 12TB, 8TB, or 6TB. This storage solution, which is compatible with both Mac and Windows workstations, offers varied interfaces (USB 3.0, FireWire, and eSATA) to appeal to a broad range of users as well as provide compatibility with older devices. It reportedly achieves transfer speeds of up to 330MB/s (12TB, RAID0), and can be configured in RAID0, RAID1, and JBOD. Like many of G-Technology's offerings, the G-RAID has a built-in RAID controller, allowing it to be easily shared rather than confined to a single workstation.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 Now Available For Pre-Order

CalDigit has announced the T4 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping on November 19th, 2014. The T4 is a four-bay RAID 0, 1, 5 & JBOD storage solution that is equipped with Thunderbolt 2 technology, storage capacities up to 20TB, and can reach speeds of 750MB/s with 3.5” HDDs installed while achieving speeds up to 1,370MB/s when using SSDs in RAID0. 

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt 2 Announced

​CalDigit has announced that their T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution is available for pre-order now and will be shipping on October 24th. The updated version of the T3 now features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity as well as a higher maximum storage capacity of 15TB. The T3 supports RAID 0, RAID1 and JBOD configurations and includes a upgraded 5 year warranty. CalDigit is also giving away a free AV Pro drive reader to consumer who pre-order the 9TB, 12TB or 15TB models of the T3.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Review

LaCie has updated their d2 desktop storage line, making it the first single drive solution to feature Thunderbolt 2 connectivity as well as the first to include both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 together. LaCie has upped their game even more with their new d2, giving users the option to purchase an SSD Upgrade Kit to greatly enhance its performance. The kit adds 128GB of PCIe SSD storage and increases throughput up to 1150 MB/s for the flash component. LaCie indicates that users simply need to remove the rear panel and insert the PCIe card into the slot to install the add on. With this performance potential, LaCie is certainly correct in specifically targeting the d2 for audio, photo, and video professionals with resource-heavy workloads. This is a serious hardware bonus for users, as it allows for significantly more flexibility with both performance and capacity elements within the same housing.

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