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 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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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

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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by Tucker Mindrum

G-Technology G-SPEED Studio 4-bay Review

The new G-SPEED Studio 4-bay, along with the G-SPEED Studio XL 8-bay and G-RAID Studio 2-bay, characterizes HGST G-Technology's new Studio line of customizable media-oriented attached storage devices. The G-SPEED Studio, with its maximum capacity of 24TB (using four 6TB 7200RPM HGST HDDs), delivers a reported transfer speed of 700MB/s and can handle multi-stream compressed 4K and 2K workflows in both pre- and post-production. The entire Studio line is designed to embody the minimalism commonly found in Apple products, closely aligned with Mac Pro design. The line exclusively features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and comes pre-configured for Mac OS.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 Review

The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 is the company’s latest addition to their Mac-centric portfolio of professional 5-Disk RAID device, designed for professionals and businesses that focus on 4K and other bandwidth-heavy workflows as well as for those who need a larger storage solution embedded with LaCie’s pedigree of slick design and reliability. The LaCie 5big is quoted to boast Thunderbolt 2 speeds up 1050MB/s for 4K video editing, up to 30TB in capacity, and hardware RAID5/6 for data security.

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