For decades, Western Digital has been recognized as one of the very few leaders in the world of storage and hard drives. If you open up that pre-built computer you bought, there's a good chance that on the inside you'll find a Western Digital-branded drive. If you're building your own, you likely purchased (or at least considered) going with Western Digital for your internal storage solution.
Where this might now have been the case is if you wanted to be a part of the growing trend of users switching to solid state drives. SSDs allow for faster speeds, both in read and write times, as well as the benefit of having no moving parts. They are faster, quieter, and more durable. When they were first released, they were prohibitively expensive, but as time has gone on, prices have dropped substantially as they do with any new form of technology.
The problem that Western Digital had was that it's class-leading hard disk drive prowess didn't mean that it was prepared for the new age of SSDs, and it had nothing to offer customers who wanted to go this route. It's solution was to purchase SanDisk in March 2016, a company that excels at flash storage solutions, and 8 months later we have the first results in the Western Digital Blue SSD.
Western Digital's My Book Pro Professional RAID line offers super-fast external storage at really high capacities. The unit itself is a two-drive enclosure and ships with two WD Black hard drives with up to 350MB/s transfer rate. The best part is that it's packing Thunderbolt 2.0 - these two ports allow for 20 Gb/s high-speed workflow. Additionally, you can connect it to your computer with USB 3.0 instead, and it also has a pair of USB 3.0 ports on front for charging and syncing devices!
The WD My Book Pro is RAID-optimized, allowing you to choose between RAID 1, RAID 1, or JBOD, and ships pre-formatted for Mac OS X in RAID 0 config, but can easily be reformatted for PC.
You can order the Western Digital My Book Pro now.
I recently brought you my Seagate Game Drive for Xbox review, a 2TB external hard drive that is specifically designed for the Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360 in a joint collaboration between Xbox and Seagate. In this episode, I show you how easy it is to set up, get formatted, and get up and running on the Xbox One (the process is similar for Xbox 360 if you want to use it for that console instead!)
You can pick up the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox now!
Backblaze not only allows access to data from all your devices, but it backs up automatically and continuously so there are zero tasks added to your plate. It’s a simple solution to a complex problem that can often end in disaster.Right now you can grab a one-year subscription for $24.99 from Gear Live Deals. That is half off the regular price!
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- Back up external drives (USB, Firewall & Thunderbolt)
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- Enjoy the security of native Mac & PC coding rather than Java (responsible for 91% of attacks)
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- Locate your lost computer to help recover it
This subscription covers one computer (and any connected external drives) with a year of unlimited backup for new customers at half price. Get this deal now!
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the easiest way to add 2TB of storage space to your Xbox One or Xbox 360. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the direct result of a partnership between Xbox and Seagate that will leave you with 5x as much storage as you started with on your 500GB Xbox One, and much more than that if you own an Xbox 360.
The Game Drive for Xbox simply plugs into any USB port on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, without the need for a power supply. It supports USB 3.0 speeds on the Xbox One. It's available for $109.99 starting today.
You can get the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox now!
Have you ever described a gadget as "sexy"? We take a look at the Seagate Seven external hard drive in this episode of Unboxing Live, and that's one of the first words that came to mind when I first saw it. The Seagate Seven is just 7mm thin, with an all steel enclosure, and sports USB 3.0 speeds. You can choose between 500GB or 750GB of storage.
You can pick up the Seagate Seven hard drive now.
Transporter Desktop 3.0 introduces includes several new features and enhancements designed to improve your private file sharing experience:
- Read-only Shared Folders: A Shared Folder owner can now assign read-only permissions on a per-user-per-folder basis.
- New Clearer Finder Icon Badges: Transporter Desktop icon badges have been updated for both Mac and Windows for better visibility and clarity.
- Enhanced OS X Yosemite Support: Transporter Desktop includes changes to fully support Yosemite at both a functional and aesthetic level. Visible changes include a new folder appearance that is exclusive to Yosemite users as well as Yosemite-style contextual menu integration.
- iOS 8 support: Transporter app for iOS now supports iOS 8, including authorization/options at Settings > Location Services and Settings > Notifications.
- Create a folder on mobile: You can now create a folder on your Transporter from your iOS or Android mobile device.
If you're unfamiliar with the Transporter, it's a private cloud that allows you to store, access, and share your files from anywhere. Since the device is iunder your control, you don't have to rely on the privacy policies of third-party services, and you can have as much storage as you'd like without the subscription fees. You can pick up the Transporter Sync on Amazon which allows you to hook up any USB hard drive, or get the original Transporter which uses internal drives.
You know how Amazon's Fire Phone includes the perk of unlimited photo storage in your Amazon Cloud Drive account? Well, it turns out there are a couple of caveats. Here's how it works:
- The free storage is applied to the account that the Fire Phone is registered under
- The phone will upload your pictures and videos, but only the pictures get unlimited free space. Videos uploaded will use your Amazon Cloud Drive storage allotment.
- Photos uploaded are in their original, full-resolution format
- The unlimited free storage only applies to photos taken and uploaded with the Fire Phone. If you sync over photos to the phone that weren't taken with it, those will count against your allotment. Similarly, if you upload photos taken with the Fire Phone from another device, they'll also count against your storage space.
- If you give away or sell your Fire Phone, all of your photos will remain in your Amazon Cloud Drive. If you then get a new Fire Phone in the future, the unlimited photo storage benefit will return to your account.
Some have been comparing Amazon's offering to what Apple will be including in iOS 8, and later, OS X Yosemite, where it will also allow you to store all of your photos and videos in iCloud. The difference is that Apple will allow you to automatically upload your entire photo library, regardless of where the images were taken, but there will be a fee if you go over 5GB. There's no unlimited option for images, and certainly not for video.
You can pre-order the Amazon Fire Phone now.
Amazon just announced its new Fire Phone, and one of the big value-adds is that owners will get unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. This comes just two weeks after Apple announced the new iCloud Photo Library option during its WWDC 2014 keynote, which allows you to store all of the photos and videos that you have, with the difference being that Apple only gives you the first 5GB of storage for free, and then you have to pay for additional tiers, which starts at $0.99 per month for 20GB. Amazon is providing unlimited photo storage (although they didn't specifically say that videos were included) right off the bat, a key differentiator. This means you can snap away without fear of using up all your local storage space, and it's one less backup you need to worry about as well.
The Amazon Fire Phone will sell for $199.99 on-contract, and is exclusive to AT&T. You can pre-order today, and it'll be released on July 25th. For a limited time, buyers will also receive a free year of Amazon Prime with purchase!
The Drobo 5N is the latest network-attached storage device from the folks at Data Robotics. We are big Drobo fans at Gear Live, and we decided to move from the previous Drobo NAS, the Drobo FS, over to the newer Drobo 5N.
The 5N has 5 drive bays, allowing you to choose single or dual drive failure modes. This means that you can have either one or two drives completely fail, and still keep all of the data that is stored on the Drobo.
We open it up and give you a look. If you like wha tyou see, you can pick up your own Drobo 5N.