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 Josh Shaman

G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE Review (0G02537)

The G-Technology G-DRIVE 4TB is a high-capacity desktop storage device. Just a couple of weeks ago, we reviewed its sibling G-DRIVE mini 1TB and found a lot to like leaving us with high expectations for this bigger brother. The G-DRIVE 4TB is an update on previous models and now offers USB 3.0 connectivity and doubled capacity at 4TB. This model is designed for Mac users who want a sleek, rugged enclosure that has loads of connectivity. In line with the rest of the HGST G-Technology, the G-DRIVE 4TB is likely to be a favorite amongst Mac users and creative professionals for its style, performance, and reliability.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt RAID Review

Earlier this month LaCie announced the availability of its new 5big Thunderbolt RAID, a DAS targeting Mac-based digital content creators and other prosumers looking to leverage Thunderbolt’s data transfer bandwidth. Like other members of LaCie’s 5big family, such as the 5big Office + that StorageReview benchmarked in June 2012, the 5big Thunderbolt features five 3.5-inch SATA drive bays. Prepopulated with five 4TB drives, our review unit attains the 5big Thunderbolt’s maximum capacity of 20TB.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt RAID DAS Review

Earlier this year, LaCie announced a lineup of new storage devices with Thunderbolt connectivity. The 2big Thunderbolt features two hard drives that can be operated in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, allowing the user to take advantage of Thunderbolt's high-speed data transfers for storage-intensive workstation applications in RAID 0 or to serve as portable storage with a redundant backup in RAID 1. With two Thunderbolt ports, the 2big can also daisy chain with other Thunderbolt devices.

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by Brian Beeler

LaCie Blade Runner by Philippe Starck Review

The LaCie Blade Runner is a 4TB external hard drive that's unlike any other on the market. While the tech specs feature big capacity and USB 3.0 connectivity, the real story is the drive's design and designer. When LaCie went to Philippe Starck to design an external drive, he indicated that beyond anything else, he didn't want it to look like an external drive. Mission accomplished. The end product is as much functional tech as it is desktop artwork; a combination that will appeal not only to Starck enthusiasts around the world, but anyone who's willing to invest a little more for a stylish piece.

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by Lyle Smith

Buffalo DriveStation DDR Announced - External Hard Drive with 1GB DRAM Cache

The Buffalo DriveStation DDR is a high-performance external USB 3.0 hard drive with a large 1GB cache for accelerated file transfer speeds. All SATA HDDs have a native cache inside (normally ranging from 16 to 64 MB), which is used to accelerate and buffer files before move onto, or after they have been read from, the magnetic surfaces. Buffalo's DDR desktop drive uses standard HDDs with cache; however it adds an additional 1GB DDR3 on the USB controller PCB.

 

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by Josh Linden

LaCie Debuts 20TB 5big Thunderbolt RAID DAS

LaCie has announced the 5big Thunderbolt Series, a new addition to the 5big family of 5-bay RAID solutions. Configured with five hot-swappable 7,200RPM, 64MB cache HDDs in RAID 0, the new series leverages Thunderbolt to connectivity reach transfer speeds of up to 785MB/s, with a maximum capacity of 20TB.

 

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by Josh Linden

LaCie Announces Limited Starck-Designed 4TB Blade Runner External Drives

LaCie, in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck, have announced the Blade Runner, a 4TB external hard drive with a USB 3.0 interface. LaCie will manufacture only 9,999 of the drives, which now arrive 20 years after the initial collaboration which has become a design hallmark for both LaCie and Starck in the years since.

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by Doug Crowthers

Toshiba Canvio Personal Cloud Hard Drive Review

The Toshiba Canvio Personal Cloud hard drive is a personal cloud server that doesn't require a monthly subscription and/or usage fees. It's an ideal solution for storing, sharing, and streaming your music, pictures, videos, and files between your desktop computers, laptops, tablets and or smartphones across your personal cloud. Unlike typical Cloud solutions, your content is stored on your own personal network and not a remote unknown location out on the Internet. Users gain peace of mind knowing that they can access and share files anywhere in the world at any time.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Upgrade Features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Connectivity

LaCie has announced that its popular desktop hard drive, the d2, now features USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity and new 4TB 7200rpm hard drives. The d2 boasts speeds up to 180MB/s, which is about twice as fast as FireWire 800 and almost four times faster than USB 2.0. This performance enhancement allows users to transfer and back up large amounts of data very quickly as well as the ability to easily edit videos without delay using resource heavy applications. Its 256-bit AES encryption also ensures that the data is secure.

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by Lyle Smith

WD App and New Storage Features for Windows 8 Announced

WD has announced its comprehensive support for new Windows 8 storage features as well as an app for the new Windows user interface, making it easy to discover, enjoy, and backup digital media and files. The new WD app for Windows 8 automatically finds digital content on users’ WD direct attached storage solutions and then displays the photos, videos, and music on a live tile on the Start screen. Additionally, users can seamlessly find their digital content and share their media through email and social media websites using the Share charm. The WD app is automatically installed by Windows 8 on certified WD products; it can also be downloaded from the Windows Store.

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