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Western Digital My Passport Pro Thunderbolt RAID drive announced

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, PC / Laptop, Storage

Western Digital My Passport Pro

Western Digital has announced its new My Passport Pro external Thunderbolt storage drive. The new device features two internal drives with user-selectable RAID functionality, making it perfect for those working with high-end graphics and video, and those who need more reliable mirroring.

On the inside, you'll find two 2.5-inch drives, with one model totaling 2 TB, and another providing 4 TB of storage. As the drive used Thunderbolt for connectivity, there's no separate power cable--the Thunderbolt cable is all you need to power the 233 MBps My Passport Pro. The 2 TB model sells for $299.99, while the 4 TB version is available for $429.99.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Western Digital My Passport Slim

Western Digital My Passport Slim

If you know someone who needs some fast portable storage that also compact and portable, look no further than the My Passport Slim from Western Digital, our next featured item in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. I have one, and it does it's job at my desk where I typically work, but when I need the storage on the go, I can easily slip it into a bag or pocket, and I've got a terabyte at USB 3.0 with me. For the data hogs in your life.

You can pick up the WD My Passport Slim now from Amazon for $86.

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Xbox One storage is expandable with external hard drives

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Microsoft, Storage, Video Games

Xbox One external storage

The Xbox One will ship with a 500GB internal hard drive, and we've found out that the drive is "locked" inside the console. In other words, unlike the Xbox 360, users are not able to swap out the Xbox One hard drive for a larger unit. What happens if you run out of space, then? After all, the Xbox One will install every game to the hard drive, and the games are definitely going to be bigger now that they'll be on Blu-ray.

Luckily, the solution is easy. Microsoft included USB 3.0 on the Xbox One, and says that you can connect an external hard drive to the console, and it can be used for everything that the internal hard drive can be used for. So go ahead and grab an external terabyte or two and load up--adding extra storage is as simple as plugging it in.


Seagate shipping first 4 TB hard drive with 1 TB platters

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Storage

Seagate 4TB hard drive

Seagate is now selling what it deems to be the world's first 4 terabyte hard drive to use 1 terabyte platter technology. The result is a four platter design that means a boost in performance while reducing material costs, resulting in a better drive for less money. According to Seagate, you can store 450 hours of video, 800,000 photos, or 1 million songs on its newest internal drive. As far as data rate is concerned, expect 146 MB per second, and boasts 64 MB cache and 7200 RPM speed. You can pick up the Seagate 4 TB drive on Amazon for $189.

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Western Digital My Passport Edge packs 500GB into a tiny package with USB 3.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, USB, PC / Laptop, Storage

Western Digital My Passport Edge

Western Digital has announced another external hard drive, this one called the My Passport Edge. Available in both Mac and PC flavors, the My Passport Edge is all about compact portability. the drives are about the size of a deck of cards and can hold up to 500GB of data, passed back and forth over speedy USB 3.0. The Mac version is configured with out-of-the-box Time Machine compatibility and sports a brushed aluminum finish for $119, while the PC version includes custom backup SmartWare backup software and black exterior for $109. Both are available now.


Western Digital MyBook VelociRaptor Duo: 2TB, Thunderbolt, 10K RPM, $900

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Storage

Western Digital MyBok VelociRaptor Duo

Alongside the new My Passport for Mac, Western Digital also released its MyBook VelociRaptor Duo today, a monster setup that offers two 1TB 10,000 RPM hard drives and dual Thunderbolt ports so you can daisy-chain multiples together if you're rich, or connect other Thunderbolt-compatible devices. That's 2TB of storage that can be configured in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration with speeds of up to 400 MBps. That's fast. Time Machine compatibility is built-in right out of the box, and a Thunderbolt cable is thrown in as well. Ready to make the purchase? Expect to drop $899.99 on these bad boys.


Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini now up for pre-order

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Storage, USB

Drobo 5D

The new Thunderbolt-equipped Drobo units will be shipping soon, and today the company announced that the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini are now available for pre-order.  In case you forgot, the Drobo 5D spots dual Thunderbolt ports and a USB 3.0 connection, while the Drobo Mini supports 2.5-inch drives and is super-portable. Head on over to Amazon where the 5D will cost you $849, and the Mini goes for $649. Both models support SSDs and ship with a Thunderbolt cable included, so you don't have to pay another $50 or more to get one elsewhere.

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Drobo Mini: Portable Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 powered storage array

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Storage

Drobo Mini

Aside from the awesome Drobo 5D, Drobo is also announcing its new Drobo Mini storage array. Supporting up to four 2.5-inch drives (either HDD or SSD, or any mix thereof,) this is the first portable Drobo that the company has released. It looks slick too. To insert the drives, you simply push it in, then push it again to remove, almost like a SIM card or CableCARD slot. Drobo even built its own custom power supply for this thing to go with its rugged design, ensuring maximum portability. You also get the same SSD port that the 5D has, allowing you to accelerate data speeds even more. Dual Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 round out the offering here. The Drobo Mini will be available in July, no pricing details have been revealed just yet. Check out the video below for more details.

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Western Digital My Passport Studio packs 2 TB storage, dual FireWire 800 ports

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: PC / Laptop, Storage

My-Passport-Studio

We recently covered the release of Western Digital’s My Passport 2 TB hard drive, and now the company has released a Mac-specific professional series external drive for all your mass storage needs.

The Western Digital My Passport Studio 2 TB maintains a classic metal finish, matching colors nicely with recent Mac models. The My Passport Studio can be used as a Time Machine destination as well, allowing users to automatically back up their system. WIth 2 TB of storage space, it can hold about 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video, or 500,000 songs. We’d say that’s plenty. The other main feature of the drive is the dual FireWire 800 ports, allowing you to daisy chain additional devices.

The price of the My Passport Studio 2 TB is set to be at $299.99, and you'll be able to get it later this month.

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Western Digital My Passport 2TB vs. MyBook 1TB

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Storage, USB

Western Digital My Passport vs MyBook

This is a good look at how far companies like Western Digital have come in the storage game. The small, black device is a new 2TB My Passport portable hard drive. The larger silver device behind it is a 1TB MyBook that's probably about 4-years old. Yep, the new My Passport is probably 90% smaller than the older MyBook, and holds twice as much data.


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