I’m not in the habit of keeping my portable hard drives next to the bathtub, but if I did, the SH93 from A-DATA would be a legitimate contender. These new portable HDDs can last up to 30 minutes when plunged into one meter of water. And hey, not only is it water-resistant, but it’s durable in other ways. The rubberized coating can survive the military MIL-STD-810F drop test, so you know it’s solid, right?
No word on pricing or availability as yet, but they will come in a red or yellow finish in memory capacities of 240, 320, 500, and 640GB.
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Since we live in an age of personal security, it is important that the valuable information on our hard drives is locked down under lock and key. Fortunately, Freecom has released the Hard Drive Secure.
The Hard Drive Secure is a compact and portable external hard drive that can only be accessed with the use of an AES-encrypted RFID keycard. Passing the card through the reader gives the user access to their data in just seconds, while maintaining that extra level of security.
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We’ve had the NewerTech miniStack v3 quad interface powered hub external storage solution running for 9 months now, and we are reporting back with our review of the device. The miniStack v3 is a hard drive enclosure that had FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports, giving you four ways to connect this external storage device to your computer. It supports Plug and Play, and is simple to set up and use. Plus, as you’ll see, it sits atop a Mac mini perfectly, hence the name miniStack. Check out the video for our full review of the NewerTech miniStack v3.
You can get the miniStack v3 in the following configurations:
A few days ago we announced our His and Her Seagate FreeAgent Go Valentine’s Day giveaway, where we asked you guys to leave a comment answer the question: What’s one thing on your computer that you love so much, you never want to lose it? As it turned out, almost every response had to do with images, which we kind of figured, although we expected more people to be concerned about their music collection.
Without a doubt it would have to be pictures of my wife and kids. My wife would hate to lose those pictures and her MP3 collection. Excellent giveaway, btw!
Congrats! And for everyone else, stay tuned, we’ve got another contest starting shortly.
Okay, we know we are already giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates for Valentine’s Day, but hey, this is a tech site, and we had to keep it real, right? That’s why we are happy to announce that, in addition to the flowers (which you know will score you some points with the lady,) we are also giving away three pairs of Seagate FreeAgent Go hard drives. What’s so special about that, and what does that have to do with Valentine’s Day, you ask? Well, in case you missed the image up there, these drives go together like a couple of passionate lovers. We’ve got a red one for the guys, and a pink one for the ladies (but you two can swap, if that’s your thing, we won’t judge.) Each drive can hold 320 GB of information, so you know, these are solid.
How do you win? We are keeping it simple. All you need to do is the following:
- Log in to the site with your Gear Live account. Don’t have one? Register here.
- Leave a comment on this post answering this question:
What’s one thing on your computer that you love so much, you never want to lose it?
That’s it! The contest ends at 11:59 PM on February 9th, go ahead and leave your comments until then!
Our friends at Notebooks.com and GottaBeMobile are helping to give away these drives, so you actually get three seperate chances to win. Head on over to those two respective sites for details on how to increase your chances to win - that is three pairs of his and her drives.
We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday Feb. 10th, and try our best to get you and your sweetheart/mom the drives by Valentine’s Day. A big “thank you” to Seagate for providing the drives for this giveaway. As is usual for these kinds of things, US and Canadian residents only, and the contest is void where prohibited by local laws and regulations. You may enter once on Notebooks.com, GottaBeMobile and Gear Live. Duplicate entries will be discarded. All decisions by the respective sites are final. Please be sure to enter your email in the email field, and not in the comment itself, so that it’s protected.
We are back once again with the latest in Newegg deals and sales. This week we’ve uncovered fantastic pricing on an Asus LCD monitor, a Western Digital Elements 1TB external hard drive, a Kodak digital photo frame, and more. We know, you want the deals, so let’s get to it:
- Asus VW193T 19” LCD widescreen monitor: $89.99 (expires 12/31)
- Kodak EasyShare 10” digital photo frame: $124.99 with code “FRAME1255” (expires 12/31)
- Envision 42” 720p LCD HDTV: $599 with code “TV129100” (expires 12/16)
- Seagate Barracuda 750GB hard drive: $79.99 (expires 12/14)
- Logitech cordless optical TrackMan: $49.99 with code “MOUSE129FS” (expires 12/19)
- Western Digital 1TB USB 2.0 external hard drive: $134.99 (expires 12/14)
As always, we’ve also got a bunch of Newegg promo codes and deals that don’t expire, over on the forums.
Hitachi is planning to release a 5TB 3.5-inch hard drive within the next two years. They will accomplish this with Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane Giant Magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) magnetic read heads. The company’s Dr. Yoshihiro Shiroishi says that two of them will “provide the same storage capacity as the human brain.”
The way we figure it, if we only use one of them, we would still have plenty of space left. We know we lost a few cells back there somewhere in the last decade or so.
Read More | Register Hardware
A quick and simple way to set up fast Time Machine backups on your Mac Pro, or more storage for all those Bleeding Edge episodes you’ve been downloading, is to add in more hard drives. Thankfully, Apple has made the upgrade path to accomplishing this super simple. In this episode, we show you the step-by-step process that is takes to install a new hard drive in your Mac Pro in under 5 minutes. All you need is a Mac Pro, a Philips screwdriver, and a SATA hard drive. Oh, and of course a few minutes of spare time. It really is that easy. Hit up the video for the proof, and let us know what you think.
A big thank you goes out to HP for sponsoring this episode.
Drobo is billed as the “World’s first data storage robot.” We like to think of it as super, super simple data storage that also doubles as a fantastic backup destination. Backing up your data is both extremely boring, and excruciatingly essential. Apple has tried to spice things up in this area with their Time Machine technology in Leopard (which Drobo supports), and Windows Home Server offers easy backup for your Windows-based computers.
As you may recall, we got a full feature rundown of Drobo back at CES 2008, so check that out if you need a refresher, or in case you missed it. We were thoroughly impressed, and had to get our hands on one to bring you the scoop on what we think of the device after using it in the real world. While the review is soon to come, we knew you’d want to see the Drobo unboxed. Oh, and as a bonus, we also have the DroboShare as well. This add-on turns your Drobo into a NAS device, and can even pair two Drobos up together for the ultimate in small environment networked data storage.
One of this year’s hottest topics is storage. It seems like we’re about two steps away from getting flash drives as prizes in cereal boxes. With the release of OSX Leopard and its Time Machine app, backing up computers has become easier than ever. Enter Data Robotics’ Drobo storage robot.
As easy to use as a flash drive, the Drobo has four slots to accommodate 3.5” SATA I or II hard drives, and automatically makes redundant copies of data in order to protect from single drive failure. Drobo uses USB 2.0 to make backing up quickly, and is fully operable with OSX and Windows 2000 and up.
Retailing at $499, Drobo comes with everything you need to get started except the hard drives. It’s available now from online retailers.