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

G-Technology G-DRIVE ev SSD and 500GB G-DRIVE ev External Drive Modules Announced

G-Technology has announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family, the G-DRIVE ev SSD and the 500GB G-DRIVE ev external drive modules. The Evolution Series is a flexible ecosystem of G-DOCK ev docking stations and interchangeable and expandable G-DRIVE ev external drive modules with USB 3.0, which allows for more efficient, scalable and reliable methods of transferring, editing and distributing content. 

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 2big With Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced its latest 2big dual-bay desktop external hard drive, which includes a host of new features such as the incorporation of Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID and a new industrial design. Additionally, with speeds of up to 420MB/s and two 6TB 7200RPM hard disks from Seagate, the new LaCie 2big is the fastest, highest capacity dual-bay external storage solution on the market along with its all-new industrial design for versatility and reliability. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Canvio Desk Desktop 5TB External Hard Drive Now Available

Toshiba has announced their latest Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive is now available, which is a high capacity storage device that saves significant work space with its small compact design. The new Canvio Desk offers up to 5TB of storage capacity and features a built-in USB 3.0 interface, significantly improving file transfer performance for large media files all the while minimalizing the wait time for back-up. Additionally, Toshiba’s new external drive is supported in both horizontal and vertical orientation, allowing it to fit perfectly in any home or office space.

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by Lyle Smith

Connected Data Drobo Gen3 Announced

Connected Data has announced the release of its latest 4-bay Drobo, a third generation device that is more affordable, three times faster than its predecessor and now features USB 3.0. Additionally, it is has significantly faster rebuild times as well as enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine. Connected Data is also introducing a customer loyalty discount program, which includes $50 USD off for all first and second-generation Drobo customers in order to make the transition to a new system even more affordable.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 Review

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is a palm-size, mobile drive designed for creative professionals who want to stream and edit their HD (4K or 3D) video at home as well as in the field, a much desired feature for consumers with mobile creative workflows. The new LaCie drive quotes blistering read speeds of 1,375MB/s in addition to dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining, a nice compact size for field-based creative workflows, and virtually silent dual cooling. The new LaCie drive also comes equipped with a set of PCIe SSDs preconfigured in RAID 0, which is definitely a welcomed out-of-the-box feature. 

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit T3 Review

The Caldigit T3 is a 3-Bay Thunderbolt direct attached storage enclosure that is unique in that the device allows users to employ RAID 0 or RAID 1 with two drives, while also allowing JBOD for the third. This feature alone gives the T3 substantial versatility, which depending on use cases can get even better thanks to support for both 2.5" SSD drives and 3.5" HDD drives. The T3 has a maximum capacity of 12TB with HDDs and up to 3TB with SSDs across the three bays.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Shipping 5TB Capacities For Its 5big Thunderbolt, 2big Thunderbolt, and d2 Thunderbolt Desktop Drives

‚ÄčLaCie has announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series, and d2 Thunderbolt Series of external storage solutions. With growing file formats for film and photography, the demand for more storage capacity has been driven even further. The availability of 5TB hard drives gives LaCie the ability to offer significantly more storage capacity all the while using the same compact desktop designs, saving valuable desktop space. LaCie is the first vendor to offer support for 5TB drives in their line of desktop storage devices.

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology Now Shipping The G-DRIVE, G-DRIVE Mobile, and G-DRIVE PRO Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Drives

G-Technology has announced that it is now shipping its new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt and G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt external storage solutions. These two new drives are specifically designed for consumers and professionals looking for one of the fastest desktop or mobile Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 storage solutions on the market. Both G-DRIVES are equipped with a high-performance 7,200 RPM hard drive, sport a sleek, durable aluminum enclosure, and are plug-and-play ready for the Mac (easily reformatted for Windows).

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by Alexandra Haskell

G-Technology G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt Review

The G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt is designed for heavy media users needing high performance transfer speeds and the ability to work on digital content efficiently. The G-Dock is a one of a kind dual-bay storage system and ships with two G-Drive ev hard drives that are dual purpose. Plug the cartridge-esque hard drives into the G-Dock to experience the high performance Thunderbolt interface. Take the drives out and connect via USB 3.0 for fast portable drive access. While the G-Dock ev is built around on-the-go Mac users who need portable storage at the desk and on the go, the ev also offers flexibility for unique workflows like production workflows that require the frequent sharing of large file sets.  Read more

by Brian Beeler

WD My Book and My Book for Mac Review

WD recently updated their My Book external desktop hard drive line for both the Mac and PC audiences. The new drives feature a redesigned enclosure that better aligns with modern design and updates to WD's suite of software that comes with each drive. The My Book for PC comes in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities while the My Book for Mac tops out at 3TB. Both drives ship with a USB 3.0 interface for rapid access to the hard drive inside. 

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