Desktop Storage (External) Reviews
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

WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

WD is a household name when in the external storage market largely due to the highly reliable and successful My Book line, which the company continues to expand and update. To this end, WD has added a new massive capacity model to their veteran My Book Duo line with a 20TB model. Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 (including two USB 3.0 Type-A hub ports), this massive dual-drive storage solution is meant for consumers and professionals who store a ton of media or those looking for a proven and easy-to-use backup solution.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Mini Dual NA460C Review

The Netstor Mini Dual NA460C is a desktop direct attached storage device in a tiny compact form factor. The NA460C has a built-in hardware RAID processor and support four RAID modes including RAID1, RAID0, SPAN, and JBOD. The device provides a physical option for selecting the desired RAID mode on the back of the device, giving users the option for data protection through RAID1 or maximum storage through SPAN (16TB according to Netstor using two 8TB HDDs). The NA460C also uses USB-C interface.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Review

WD has refreshed several of their highly popular portable and external storage solutions, including the My Passport, My Passport for Mac, and the My Book, the latter which we will be looking at for this review. The newly designed external storage solutions feature a new modern, sleek-looking build that is noticeably smaller than the previous model as well as a generous 8TB in maximum capacity. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Drive Review

LaCie’s latest batch of desktop drives combines emerging USB-C technology with their classic Porsche design for up to 8TB of storage. Although it can take advantage of the improved transfer speeds of USB-C, this drive is fully compatible with USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) through the use of LaCie’s included adapter cable. Thanks to the enhanced wattage of USB-C, compatible laptops can draw power from LaCie’s desktop drive; this feature clearly caters to the new MacBook, which consolidates its data transfers and power supply into one port. LaCie’s customary aluminum finish and minimalistic enclosure design easily pairs the Porsche Design desktop drive with any Mac setup (although it is also compatible with Windows).

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Innov8 Desktop Hard Drive Review

Seagate's new Innov8 HDD is the first USB-powered hard drive that provides 8TB of storage; users with a USB-C/USB 3.1 compatible device can deploy Innov8 with a single cord. Although it is not exactly "portable," Innov8 is protected by an aluminum enclosure which makes it more durable than most desktop drives. In addition to the 8TB of storage that the drive itself provides, Innov8 comes with a 2-year subscription to OneDrive (200GB). Innov8 is also compatible with the Lyve app, which backs up mobile device media into a folder that can be accessed on the Lyve desktop app.

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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 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 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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