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 Doug Crowthers

Toshiba Canvio Desk 3TB Review

Over the summer, Toshiba released three new Canvio Desk external desktop hard drives that are available in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB. Today, we have the opportunity to get our hands on and review the  3TB Canvio Desk Desktop external hard drive. The drive  is USB 3.0 compatible, which Toshiba was kind enough to include the USB 3.0 cable within the package. It comes formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8. Mac users aren't to be left out though, as the drive can be reformatted to work with Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard.

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by Tom Streeter

Western Digital My Book Essential 4TB Review

Western Digital has taken a "more is better" approach with its latest iteration of the WD My Book Essential HDD. The top model features a single 4TB drive and a USB3.0 interface to help speed up the process of filling it up. Like its predecessors in the Essentials line, the My Book is marketed primarily as a backup storage device. It ships formatted as NTFS and includes WD SmartWare backup software for Windows 7 and Windows 8 pre-installed. After a straightforward initial setup and backup session, the software will run in the background and create incremental backups transparently and with adjustable levels of version control. Mac users who want to take advantage of the USB3.0 interface shipping on current generations of Apple hardware can reformat the drive to HFS+ and use the drive as a Time Machine volume.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Studio External Hard Drive Now With USB 3.0 Connectivity for Mac Users

WD has announced a new version of its My Book Studio external hard drive featuring USB 3.0 capability, which provides data transfer speeds up to three times faster than USB 2.0. Additionally, WD has added 4 TB capacity in a single-drive configuration making it an ideal solution for backing up large amounts of digital content.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo and My Book 3.0 External Get 4TB Hard Drive Upgrades

Western Digital has announced that it's expanding its selection of high capacity and high speed external storage solutions for Mac and PC users with the introduction of the My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8TB and My Book 4TB external hard drive models. Which 4TB hard drive is WD using though? Interesting question as WD hasn't released a consumer 4TB hard drive yet. While such drives often start in branded products like these, this time WD is leveraging it's new Hitachi GST acquisition by using a HGST 4TB in these refreshed products.

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Review

Western Digital has started shipping a high-performance external hard drive solution: the My Book VelociRaptor Duo. As the name indicates, the biggest difference in this Duo version is that it uses a pair of Western Digital's 1TB 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives in the My Book enclosure. Incorporating these high performance drives allows for throughput of almost 400MB/s. We previously reviewed Western Digital's My Book Thunderbolt Duo which boasted surprisingly fast speeds to Thunderbolt-capable systems for those needing a combination of big capacity and fast throughput in a local external hard drive solution. The VelociRaptor Duo takes external performance one step further, dramatically increasing read and write speeds over previous Western Digital external storage solutions.

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by Josh Linden

Toshiba Launches Canvio Personal Cloud NAS Device

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has announced the Canvio Personal Cloud, its entry into the market cloud-enabled home storage devices. The Canvio Personal Cloud will be available with either 2TB or 3TB of internal storage plus a USB port for expansion, and allows users to access and stream files outside the home across the internet.

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo Released

WD has released an update to their popular My Book Duo line of external hard drives, this time instead of going for capacity, they're going for performance with a pair of 1TB WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM hard drives. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is designed for creative professionals who want local access to SSD-type performance, without giving up capacity. In this case that means up to 400MB/s throughput over Thunderbolt, with Mac and PC compatibility. And should that not be fast enough, daisy-chaining VelociRaptor Duos together nets linear speed increases, 800MB/s for two and so on.

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by Dan Volkens

CalDigit T1 Thunderbolt Drive Review

The CalDigit T1 is an aluminum drive enclosure that comes complete with either a hard drive or SSD inside. The drives are mounted to 3.5" drive sleds that make it easy to swap out drives at will. The Thunderbolt interface actually makes an external SSD viable from a performance standpoint, CalDigit included both a 3TB hard drive and 480GB SSD for testing purposes. What's more, the package includes the $50 Apple Thunderbolt cable, which is a first, none of the Thunderbolt solutions we've reviewed to date have actually included the cable. CalDigit has another trick up their sleeve too, an iOS application called ThunderView that provides drive info and tools geared toward workflows for creative professionals.

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by Josh Linden

Seagate Backup Plus Consumer Storage Offers Integrated Facebook and Flickr Backup

Seagate Technology has announced a line of Backup Plus storage devices that offer one-click computer backup plus the ability to integrate with Facebook and Flickr to download or upload photos and video. Backup Plus devices work interchangeably with Windows and Apple computers, and include a Universal Storage Module (USM) connector which enables consumers to update to newer Mac and PC connectors in the future.

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by Kevin OBrien

Hitachi G-RAID With Thunderbolt Review (8TB)

Hitachi's G-Technology line of external hard drives has long been a favorite for creative professionals and others who generally need some combination of reliability, performance, capacity and redundancy. While Hitachi has several products in the G-Tech line that specialize in one or more of those qualities, their latest effort is an external storage generalist that can just about do it all. The G-RAID with Thunderbolt offers up to 4TB of capacity over two mirrored drives, or 8TB if configured for maximum throughput in RAID0 over Thunderbolt, while providing legendary reliability from Hitachi's latest Deskstar 7K4000 hard drives.

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