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 Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Review

OWC has offered the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 for a while now, but over time they've managed to update the unit with compelling features and now, with support for up the 16TB of storage via four Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 hard drives. The four-bay OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is highlighted by its all metal body, quad interface (eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire 400/800) and on-board RAID that can be switched with the press of a button.

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by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital My Book Live Duo Review

At the beginning of this month Western Digital announced the My Book Live Duo, a two bay version of their popular My Book Live. When we reviewed the original My Book Live, we raved about its simple setup, which includes bypassing the need to alter any router settings. For the home user, and even SMB, that's a nice touch. We also love WD's mobile apps, which continue to get updated to make access to files on the go fast and easy, especially for storage-constrained tablets and other mobile devices. The only thing we didn't really like was the single drive risk - enter the My Book Live Duo, a two bay unit that comes pre-configured in 4TB and 6TB options.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB Review (STAC4000100)

Seagate recently expanded on their GoFlex Desk line of external hard drives with a newer high-capacity 4TB model. Aside from the boost in capacity, Seagate did away with the old golf ball dimple case, opting for a sleek, glossy black plastic shell instead. Like the rest of the GoFlex line, Seagate uses interchangeable bases that convert the hard drive's SATA connector; our review model includes the USB 3.0 base, but Seagate also offers a FireWire 800 base as well.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Western Digital My Book Live Review

Western Digital has long been in the personal cloud storage space with the WD My Book Live. It's the cornerstone of WD's strategy to help consumers organize their content and access it anywhere from the new WD 2go mobile apps to the WD TV Live media streamers connected to a TV. With seemingly more connected devices in the household now than people, the trend around centralizing a family's media assets is definitely gaining strength as we want to have reliable and easy access to family photos for instance on our phones, computers and televisions, without having to manage several copies of those files.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Western Digital My Book Studio Review (3TB)

This summer WD revamped their My Book Studio line of desktop external hard drives. The new My Book Studios feature an all metal aluminum enclosure and an increased capacity 3TB Caviar Green hard drive inside. The result is a drive that blends in perfectly with Apple's aluminum-cased products and offers rapid transfers over FireWire 800.

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by Brian Beeler

6TB Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II Review (WDH2Q60000)

In March, Western Digital announced an extension to their My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system; a 6TB version featuring two 3TB Caviar Green hard drives. Designed largely for creative types on Mac platforms, the My Book Studio Edition II offers a quad interface; eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0, Time Machine support and internal RAID0 and RAID1 options, giving user a choice between high-capacity performance or data protection.

 

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by Charles Jefferies

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home Network Storage System Review

Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Home is a 1TB (or 2TB) external hard drive that connects to your home network. The product is designed to allow you to share files over your network and from outside your network with yourself and others.

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by Brian Beeler

ioSafe SoloPro USB 3.0 Review

ioSafe has long been in the business of providing external hard drives to those looking for a little more physical security for their data. And by little more, we mean protection from fire, water, bear attacks - that sort of thing. Their product line recently received an upgrade to USB 3.0, which along with eSATA connection, capacities up to 2TB and the aforementioned disaster-proofness, highlight the SoloPro. 

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by Brian Beeler

Samsung STORY Station 3.0 Review

Samsung has launched a new USB 3.0 external hard drive, the STORY Station 3.0. The STORY Station features a 3.5" hard drive inside and a USB 3.0 interface, which is capable of speeds up to 5Gb/s... ten times faster than USB 2.0. 

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by Charles Jefferies

Hitachi SimpleDrive Rev 3 2.0TB USB External Hard Drive Review

 Hitachi SimpleDrive external hard drives are value-oriented storage solutions with the core essentials.  This version of the SimpleDrive is Hitachi's third and comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.  Our review model has a whopping 2.0TB of storage, a USB 2.0 interface and is ready to handle as much data as you can throw at it.

 

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