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WD has redesigned its popular My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4 TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of video, music and photos.

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With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for the largest content collections. At any point in time, anything can happen to one’s data. Whether it’s a lost notebook or destructive virus, it’s critical to keep data safe and maintain a backup of important documents and valued content.

The new drives’ data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis True Image enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programmes.

Security measures against unauthorised access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox to store files in the cloud.  For full system backup and secure deletion of files, My Book includes Acronis True Image (ATI) WD Edition.  ATI WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on the PC and can be used to securely delete any confidential data no longer needed. ATI WD is also used for disaster recovery in case of a fatal system crash, recovering the entire PC including files, software and preferences.

The WD My Book for Mac will also incorporate SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and UAS connectivity for increased speed and flexibility.  Available in 2TB / 3TB capacities, My Book for Mac is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine for safe and effective backup of files.  The drive is equipped with WD Security software for password protection and hardware encryption to protect files from unauthorised access, and comes with WD Utilities, which allows users to register drives, run diagnostics, and more.

Pricing and Availability

My Book and My Book for Mac hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and are available from the WD store at www.wdstore.co.uk  as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for My Book (MSRP) will be £79.00 for the 2 TB, £99.00 for the 3 TB, and £149 00 for the 4 TB. Suggested Retail Price for My Book for Mac (MSRP) will be £99.00 for the 2 TB, £129.00 for the 3 TB.

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More people are using external drives for storage of photos, videos and music, and CalDigit have released a drive called the AV Pro which is optimised for Audio and Video, and here is our review.

This is how CalDigit describe the drive:

The CalDigit AV Pro is the first Single Drive Solution that makes no compromises. It is truly one of the most powerful single drive solutions on the market today. The AV Pro evolves as the storage demands of its users expand.

What is most impressive about the AV Pro is that it can not only accept regular 3.5” HDD’s, but also the much faster, more secure 2.5” SSD’s. When it comes to storage capacity, the AV Pro can store a huge amount of data for such a small device. With a regular 3.5” HDD installed the AV Pro can store up to 4TB of data, and with an SSD installed it will be available in capacities up to 480GB.

The AV Pro has been optimized for Audio and Video, making it the perfect companion for professional Audio and Video software. The CalDigit AV Pro is powerful enough work with these high end applications, and extremely easy to use.

Who are CalDigit?

From their website:

At CalDigit, we know storage. Quality, performance, and support are our forte. CalDigit has specialized in creating storage solutions for creative professionals for over ten years. CalDigit was the first to provide external PCIe storage as well the first to bring USB 3.0 to the Mac. CalDigit products are designed to provide users with reliability, performance, style and flexibility. CalDigit is a single vendor support company; we design, build, and assemble all of our products. This results in the ability to provide users with unparalleled support and service.

CalDigit emphasizes the use of quality components to produce products that would lessen the chances of component failure, and loss of productivity. Every product undergoes real world testing, cutting it to perfection. We believe in building a trust with our customers, which is why we offer legendary technical support.

Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box?

• 1 x CalDigit AV Pro
• 1 x Drive Module
• 1 x USB 3.0 Cable
• 1 x FireWire Cable
• 1 x AC Adapter
• 1 x Drive Key
• 1 x Drive Stand
• 1 x Manual (Preinstalled)

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A Closer Look

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Setting Up

When you first connect the drive you need to run the CalDigit Drive Assistant software that is sitting on the drive itself.

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You then follow the steps in the Drive Assistant.

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I had some issues using the Recommended setup with it sticking at 30%. I tried it several times on multiple machines but for some reason I couldn’t get past 30%, so I started it up again and chose the Manual Format option and did it all myself – which to be fair only took a few moments and I was comfortable about doing it.

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Performance Tests

We ran the usual performance tests using HD Tune Pro 5.00 and CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2.

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The average Read speed was 272.7 MB/s with an average Write speed of 186.9 MB/s, which is a fair bit slower than CalDigit claim as “up to 430 MB/s”. I ran the tests multiple times on a number of machines and the results didn’t change.

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Final Thoughts

The review drive we were sent was the U3+FW800 SSD 240GB variant. It was only tested using USB 3.0 as I didn’t have any hardware available with FireWire 800 on it.

Plugging in the drive and getting going was simple and quick, but I have no idea why the Recommended Setup didn’t work for me, however performing a manual format worked perfectly, as did the drive so it wasn’t a huge deal.

The inclusion of a stand was a good idea – that way you can decide to leave the drive laying down (if you have the room on your desk) or on it’s side. The drive when in the stand was very sturdy.

I was slightly disappointed with the performance testing results considering the drive was an SSD as the claims of up to 430 MB/s, and you can get some very fast SSD’s these days, such as the Samsung 840 but there is nothing stopping you from swapping out the SSD, and this is one of the useful features of the AV Pro. Also different equipment and setups may yield faster results, and to be fair, it’s not like the results were bad, they were good!

UPDATE: Having spoken with CalDigit, we were not able to get the 430MB/s speed because the AV Pro uses the latest USB 3.0 Technology called UAS (USB Attached SCSI), and in order to get that speed it has to be used on a Mac or PC that has USB 3.0 ports and drivers that support UAS. All Macs with USB 3.0 support UAS, and any Windows PC with a motherboard that supports UAS can get that speed. My motherboard didn’t support that which is why I couldn’t get it.

Opening up the drive bay was as simple as inserting the key and sliding the bay out. The drive sits in the bay and can be easily removed by unscrewing a few screws – simple as that. Then you just slide the bay back in and it locks into place.

The design and feel of the drive is good and solid – its made of aluminium and it’s not that heavy, although it’s not really the sort of external drive you can slip in your pocket and carry around with you, but then if that’s what you are looking for you probably won’t be looking at this one.

If you are someone who does a lot with audio and video then you really should take a look at the AV Pro, it may just be the external drive you have been waiting for.

There are two main variants – HDD and SSD, with different sizes of drive available for both.

The model we had for review retails for £309 but as usual look around for the best deal.

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Learn more about the CalDigit AC Pro External drive from their website.

For our next review we take a look at the 1TB Porsche Design Mobile Drive P’9220 external hard drive from LaCie.

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This is how LaCie describe the P’9220:

The LaCie Porsche Design P’9220 mobile hard drive is more than just a place to store your files-it’s a collaboration between one of the most renowned design firms in the world and LaCie. With the P’9220, we’ve combined speed, design, and technology to result in a different breed of mobile drive.

LaCie first partnered with Porsche Design in 2003 to produce one of the most iconic and enduringly popular external hard drives on the market. Since then the two companies have worked closely to create products that blend flawless functionality and pure design. The luxury brand and the leading technology company complement each other, with technical influence from LaCie, together with an exclusive and timeless shape presented by Porsche Design.

Safe, Strong, and Aluminum Porsche Design is known worldwide for their sophisticated, timeless creations, and the P’9220 is no exception. With 3mm of strong aluminum casing surrounding the drive inside, you can be sure that your data is solidly protected. LaCie and Porsche Design worked together to combine form and function-resulting in a mobile drive that looks great (and works great)-no matter where you take it.

Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box?

Apart from the P9220, the box contains a USB 3.0 cable and a quick start guide.

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A Closer Look

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Using the P9220

When you connect the drive to your computer it is automatically recognised, but it still needs some preparation.

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Western Digital today introduced the first 2 TB capacity portable drive dedicated for Mac customers, My Passport Studio.

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This new standard in high storage capacity, along with Apple® Time Machine® compatibility for quick and easy automatic backup of Mac hard drives, allows Mac users to use one drive for the protection and transport of virtually all their digital content, everywhere they go. The new My Passport Studio portable drive maintains its elegant and protective all-metal casing to complement the MacBook® Pro or MacBook® Air®, providing the beautiful aesthetic that Mac users expect while increasing storage capacity to 2 TB, enough space for approximately 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video or 500,000 songs.

In addition to the USB 2.0 interface, My Passport Studio’s two high performance FireWire® 800 ports, makes it perfect for active and mobile creative professionals including photographers, videographers, graphic artists, and others who need the speed, capacity, and flexibility to access content anytime or anywhere. The dual FireWire ports provide blazing fast upload and transfer speeds while also allowing users to daisy chain additional drives or other peripherals such as HD camcorders. My Passport Studio also features hardware-based encryption and password protection software, and an all-metal design constructed for a sturdy feel in your hand and scratch resistance.

“The My Passport Studio is a perfect companion for the MacBook Pro and for creative professionals on the go,” explains Jody Bradshaw, senior director and general manager of WD’s consumer storage products group. “For those who create large content files such as photographers and videographers, they will now be able to carry it with them wherever they go, as well as create a backup copy of everything they produce without fear of running out of additional storage while on location.”

Pricing and Availability

WD’s My Passport Studio 2 TB portable hard drive is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.co.uk and at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Studio 2 TB has an MSRP of £229.99. For more information on the My Passport Studio portable hard drive please visit the WD website at http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=420.

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Tonight at CES, UWHS was invited to a private event with Western Digital where they showed off their forthcoming WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo external hard drive.

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The drive itself looks very impressive, and you can daisy-chain up to six of them to increase your available storage.

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The speed tests that were running were very impressive!

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More info on this drive in the coming months.

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Back in August we told you about StarTech launching a new USB HDMI video adaptor. Now it’s time for our review.

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The USB2HDMI USB to HDMI External Video Adapter (Dual or Multi Monitor with Audio) turns an available USB 2.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution video support (up to 1920×1080) and audio.

The USB HDMI adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity. This external graphics card is a cost-saving multi-monitor or dual display solution, for either laptop or desktop applications, offering the ability to connect an additional HDMI (or DVI) enabled display to your computer setup without the hassle of opening the computer case to install a new video card.

Features

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920×1080
  • USB-powered – No external power adapter required
  • Choose between Mirrored, Extended or Primary display configurations
  • Driver software supports display rotation
  • Supports the Windows® Aero interface
  • Supports 2-channel (Stereo) audio

Applications

  • Add a secondary display adapter and extend your desktop display without taking apart your computer to install a new video card
  • Connect multiple monitors to a single computer, to create engaging multimedia presentations
  • Use the adapter to connect your PC to your television for showing family pictures and movies
  • Great for researchers and writers offering the ability to have reference material on one display and a working document copy on the other
  • Increase productivity by running multiple applications on different screens, check your email on one display and search the web on the other
  • View large or multiple spreadsheets across multiple displays
  • A compact, lightweight solution for traveling business associates using laptop PCs, enabling connection to a secondary display/projector

Who are StarTech?

From their website:

StarTech.com is your one-stop source for every connectivity part you need. From the latest technology to legacy products — and all the parts that bridge the old and new — we can help you find the parts that connect your solutions.

We make it easy to locate the parts, and we quickly deliver them wherever they need to go. Just talk to one of our tech advisors or visit our website. You’ll be connected to the products you need in no time.

Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box?

Along with the adaptor is a manual, a driver CD and a cable.

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If you have a Mac and you want an external drive that is more than just a drive, take a look at our latest two minute review of the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive.

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The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive includes 2 fast FireWire 800 interfaces, a USB 2.0 hub, plus a FireWire 400 to 800 cable. Styled to match the latest Mac computers, it also includes a convenient USB charging/syncing port for your iPad, iPod or iPhone device. The space saving design fits perfectly on the Apple iMac base or on your Apple monitor. With multiple interfaces you can easily add other peripherals like a printer or other external storage. It includes a handy capacity gauge on the front and fast 7200 RPM drive speed.

Who are Iomega?

From their website:

Iomega Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation headquartered in San Diego, is a worldwide leader in innovative storage and network security solutions for small businesses, home offices, consumers and others. The Company has sold more than 410 million digital storage drives and disks since its inception in 1980. Today, Iomega’s product portfolio includes industry leading network attached storage products, external hard drives, multimedia drives, and our award-winning removable storage technology, the REV® Backup Drive.

Features

  • Fast: Fast transfer speeds available including FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections; 7200 RPM drive speed
  • Multiple Connections: One USB 2.0 port, two FireWire 800 ports and a two port integrated USB 2.0 hub* lets you connect multiple devices
  • Feature-rich: Styled to match the latest Mac computers; Stacks on the iMac base or Mac monitor; HFS+ for ease of use right out of the box; USB port (2.1 Amp) to charge/sync your iPad, iPod or iPhone device*
  • Capacity Gauge: Capacity gauge on front lets you know how much storage is available on the hard drive**
  • Warranty: Three year limited warranty with product registration

* The Mac Companion must be connected to the computer via USB in order to use the USB hub or the charge/sync port.
** Requires software utility install to enable capacity gauge feature

 

Specifications

System Requirements

  • One USB 2.0 port
  • Two FireWire 800 ports
  • Two port integrated USB 2.0 hub (The Mac Companion must be connected to the computer via USB in order to use the USB hub or the charge/sync port)
  • Preformatted in HFS+
  • Compatible with PC and Mac®
  • Transfer rates of 480 Mbits/s when connected to a USB 2.0 controller; up to 800 Mbits when connected to a FireWire 800 controller
  • Memory cache of 8MB or better
  • Three year limited warranty with product registration within 90 days of purchase
  • Power Mac® G3 or greater
  • Built-in USB or FireWire 800/400 connection
  • FireWire 800 (1394a)/USB 1.1: Mac OS X 10.5 – 10.7 (drive performance will be reduced using a USB 1.1 connection)
  • USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.5 or higher
  • 128MB RAM or higher as required by operating system

Dimensions: 1.75″ H x 5.82″ W x 7.77″ L
Weight: 4.54 pounds

What’s in the Box?

  • Iomega® Mac Companion Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • FireWire® 800 Cable
  • FireWire® 400 to 800 Cable (for 1394b to 1394a conversion)
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Iomega Protection Suite Software via Download
    • Trend Micro™ Smart Surfing software for Mac – 1 year FREE subscription via download – $59.99 value
    • Iomega QuikProtect
    • MozyHome™ Online Backup service (2GB Free)

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Today Sony have announced their very first external hard drive – the HD-PG5.

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Here is what Sony have said:

First external hard drives from Sony offer reliable data storage and expanded home entertainment options

 

HD-PG5 series drives are compatible with BRAVIA® TV and other devices by Sony

 

·         500GB portable external hard drives with stylish design

  • High-speed transfers via USB3.0 with supplied Data Transfer Accelerator software
  • Record HDTV programmes from BRAVIA® via USB connection
  • Direct Copy from Handycam® camcorders (HD-PG5U)
  • Includes Password Protection Manager, Backup Manager and FAT32 Formatter software

 

The first ever range of external hard drives from Sony keep your precious data safe, while offering a range of exciting new home entertainment experiences.

 

With a generous capacity of 500GB, the new HD-PG5 series offers plenty of space to store and safeguard your videos, photos, documents, digital music and more.

 

The HD-PG5U connects via USB with compatible BRAVIA® models, allowing direct recording of HD television programmes from the TV’s tuner or connected cable/satellite service. The supplied USB adaptor cable also allows easy ‘PC-free’ transfers of video footage from compatible Handycam® camcorders with Direct Copy function, including the new DCR-SX21E and DCR-SR21.

 

PlayStation®3 users can connect the hard drive via USB and view stored AVCHD videos and photos via the ‘Filmy’ application – with no PC needed.

 

Available in a choice of black or white finishes and weighing a travel-friendly 180g, the stylish drives co-ordinate beautifully with your PC, BRAVIA® or PlayStation®3. The smoothly-contoured case is finished in a scratch-resistant paint layer that keeps your drive looking good for longer. The minimalist design is enhanced by a single blue LED that indicates drive activity.

 

Connection to your PC is via a single USB cable, with no separate power adaptor needed. Support for USB 3.0 SuperSpeed assures blazing data transfers up to 3x with compatible PCs. Even if you’re connected via USB 2.0, pre-loaded Data Transfer Accelerator software also doubles effective transfer rates to slash backup times when you’re in a hurry.

 

All HD-PG5 models are ready to use with a generous suite of security and

backup applications. Easy-to-use Password Protection Manager software uses powerful 256-bit security to safeguard your files against unauthorised access. Just key in your personal password to lock or unlock data when the HD-PG5UB is connected to any PC. Backup Manager software takes care of protecting your precious files with automated scheduled backups.

 

Supplied FAT32 Formatter software allows re-formatting of the drive from NTFS, to support Direct Copy function with Handycam® or playback with PlayStation®3.

 

The new HD-PG5 series of 500GB external hard drives by Sony is available from mid July 2011 in United Kingdom, France and Germany only.

 

Technical specifications: external hard disk drive (model HD-PG5 series)

 

Disk size 2.5 inch
Capacity 500GB
USB port USB 3.0/USB 2.0×1
Transfer Rate (Max) Max. 5Gbps (USB 3.0) / Max. 480Mbps (USB2.0)
Supported OS Windows 7(32bit/64bit), Windows Vista(32bit/64bit); Windows XP; Mac OS X 10.4 or later
(NB: Mac OS supports only USB2.0)
File System NTFS[model HD-PG5U: FAT32]
Package Dimension (Approx. W x H x D) 80x16x126mm
Package Weight (Approx.) 180g
PC Software (pre-loaded) Data Transfer Accelerator, Backup Manager, Password Protection Manager, FAT32 Formatter
Cable USB3.0 cable (60cm) Standard-A to Micro-B

[Model HD-PG5U only: supplied cable length 1m / includes supplied USB adaptor cable for Handycam®]

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Today Western Digital launched a new drive, the My Book Studio for the Mac, which comes with 3TB storage and is great for Time Machine.

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Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its newest generation of the popular My Book® Studio™ external hard drives are designed for use with Mac® computers and Apple Time Machine. Now available with a 3 TB storage capacity, the new design features a brushed aluminium casing to match the appearance of a Mac computer, and also serves to keep the drive cool while in use. The aluminium exterior, combined with its WD® Caviar® Green™ drives, eliminates the need for an internal fan to reduce drive noise and extend the life of the drive. Although formatted for Mac computers, the My Book Studio external hard drives can also be reformatted for PCs.

The My Book Studio external hard drive includes all the features and benefits that have made it one of the favourites among creative professionals and Mac computer enthusiasts, including its fast and flexible Firewire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, user-controlled automatic backup software and drive management, password protection and hardware encryption. Shipping in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB, the My Book Studio drive includes the WD Caviar Green series of internal hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology™.

WD has updated the design of its My Book Studio drive while providing natural cooling features delivered by the new aluminium enclosure,” said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “The drive will maintain all the features that are important to the creative community, including high speed Firewire 800 and adding large capacities up to 3 TB.”

Pricing and Availability

WD’s My Book Studio is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.co.uk and at select retailers and distributors. The approximate MSRP’s for My Book Studio with 1 TB is £120.00; My Book Studio with 2 TB is £153.00 and My Book Studio with 3 TB is £205.00.

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In another one of our Two Minute Reviews we take a look at the Aleratec Premium 2.5” to 3.5” SATA Hard Drive Adapter External Enclosure.

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Here is how Aleratec describe the premium enclosure:

Aleratec’s 2.5” to 3.5“ SATA HDD Adapters quickly and easily make your 2.5” SATA hard disk drives compatible with Aleratec’s family of 3.5” SATA hard disk drive duplicators.

No tools are needed. Simply insert your 2.5” SATA hard disk drive into the adapter and close the door.

Expand the functionality of your Aleratec HDD duplicator with Aleratec 2.5” HDD Adapters For 3.5” Drive Bays.

These handy adapters can also be used as USB 2.0 external enclosures for your 2.5” SATA hard drives.

Product Features:

  • Works with 2.5” SATA I/II Hard Disk Drives
  • Fully independent USB 2.0 external hard drive enclosure (USB Cable Not Included)
  • Patented NSS (Non Scratch SATA) Connectors – rated for greater than 50,000 swap cycles to protect your hard drives
  • Tool-less installation
  • Works with the following Aleratec Hard Disk Drive Duplicators: 1:11 HDD Copy Cruiser (Part Number 350109),1:5 HDD Cruiser (Part Number 350104), and/or 1:1 HDD Cruiser (Part Number 350103)
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    Technical Specifications:

    Dimensions (LxWxH): 147.32 x 101.6 x 177.8 mm /5.8 x 4 x 0.7 in
    Weight: 0.14 kg / 0.31 lb

    Who are Aleratec?

    According to their website:

    Aleratec creates “Prosumers’ Choice” professional-grade duplicators for hard disk drives, USB flash drives, flash memory and optical discs(BD/DVD/CD), as well as optical disc publishers, blank media, disc shredders, disc repair and related accessories, at consumer-friendly prices. The company’s commitment to quality and its customers has produced product lines which regularly win industry accolades for their innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

    What’s in the Box?

    You get two of the premium enclosures.

    A Closer Look

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    Using the Enclosure

    Using the enclosure is very simple – just press the button on the front of the enclosure to open the drive bay door and then slide in the 2.5” drive and close the door. Simple!

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    Once the drive is in you can connect the enclosure to your computer using a USB cable and just access the drive. When it is connected the blue light on the front of the enclosure will light up.

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    Or you can slide the enclosure into one of the Aleratec Hard Disk Drive Duplicators, such as the 1:1 HDD Cruiser we previously reviewed.

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    Final Thoughts

    This is a really useful little bit of kit. I have managed to build up a few 2.5” SATA drives over the years and so having an enclosure that is simple to use is great.

    The enclosure feels very sturdy and looks very smart.

    The price for a pack of two premium enclosures is $44.99. You may be thinking why you would need two, but if you want to duplicate 2.5” drives you will probably need them both.

    Although maybe Aleratec should consider selling them singularly as well? And hopefully in the future Aleratec will produce a USB 3.0 version as well.

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    With hard drives becoming cheaper, you may find yourself in need of an external storage enclosure. And why not take advantage of all the RAID has to offer at the same time? We take a look at the S354UFER External SATA Raid Enclosure from StarTech.

    UWHS - StarTech S354UFER Review

    Here is how the StarTech website describes the RAID enclosure:

    StarTech.com’s S354UFER External SATA RAID Enclosure is a high-performance external RAID storage solution, supporting up to 4 high capacity 3.5″ SATA hard drives (supports SATA, SATA II and SATA III-6Gbps).

    The 4-bay RAID enclosure can be connected to the host/source computer through USB, eSATA or FireWire and automatically builds your SATA RAID array based on your selection (Spanning, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, RAID 3, and RAID 5 supported), delivering a simple, yet flexible external storage solution.

    Designed for convenience, the enclosure features front panel LED indicators that provide RAID information and simple hard drive status and activity monitoring. The enclosure also features a built-in 3-speed 80mm fan with automatic or manual controls that allow you to customize the speed of the fan as necessary, ensuring suitable operating temperatures for optimized drive performance.

    The StarTech.com Advantage:

    • Support for up to 4 drives provide large amounts of storage with a choice of high speed interfaces from USB 2.0, FireWire400/800 or eSATA
    • The removable front cover and accessible drive bays allows drives to be replaced easily in case of failure or upgraded
    • Built-in support for numerous RAID modes for most personal/business needs and an 80mm controllable cooling fan to keep drives from overheating

    Who Are StarTech?

    According to their website:

    StarTech.com is your one-stop source for every connectivity part you need. From the latest technology to legacy products — and all the parts that bridge the old and new — we can help you find the parts that connect your solutions.

    We make it easy to locate the parts, and we quickly deliver them wherever they need to go. Just talk to one of our tech advisors or visit our website. You’ll be connected to the products you need in no time.

    Specifications

    Warranty : 1 Year

    Carton Quantity: 4

    Color : Black

    Drive Connectors : 4 – 15 pin SATA Power Female

    Drive Connectors : 4 – 7 pin SATA DATA Female

    Enclosure Type : Aluminum

    Fan Bearing Type : Ball Bearing

    Fans : 1 – 80 mm

    Host Connectors : 1 – 7 pin eSATA DATA Female

    Host Connectors : 1 – USB B Female

    Humidity : 90%RH

    Input Voltage : 115 ~ 230 AC

    LED Indicators : 1 – HDD error indicator

    LED Indicators : 1 – Power indicator

    LED Indicators : 1 – RAID rebuild indicator

    LED Indicators : 2 – Connection indicators

    LED Indicators : 2 – Fan mode indicators

    LED Indicators : 3 – Fan speed indicators

    LED Indicators : 6 – RAID Mode indicators

    Max Drive Capacity : Tested up to 2.0 TB

    Operating Temperature : -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)

    Output Current : 5000mA

    Output Voltage : 12 DC

    Power Adapter Included : Yes

    Product Height : 170

    Product Length : 215

    Product Weight : 1.8 kg [3.98 lb]

    Product Width : 126

    RPM : Low – 1200rpm, Med – 1800rpm, High – 2500rpm

    Shipping (Package) Weight: 3.31 kg [7.32 lb]

    Storage Temperature : -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)

    Number of Drives : 4

    Compatible Drives  : 3.5″ SATA

    Chipset ID : PLX – OXUFS936QSE

    Supported RAID Modes : BIG (Spanning or Concatenation)

    Supported RAID Modes : RAID 0 (Striped Disks)

    Supported RAID Modes : RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)

    Supported RAID Modes : RAID 10 (1+0; Striped set of Mirrored Subset)

    Supported RAID Modes : RAID 3 (Striped set with Dedicated Parity)

    Supported RAID Modes : RAID 5 (Striped Disks with Parity)

    Host Connectors : 1 – 6 pin FireWire Female

    Host Connectors : 2 – 9 pin FireWire 800 Female

    Type and Rate : FireWire 400 IEEE-1394a – 400 Mbit/s

    Type and Rate : FireWire 800 IEEE-1394b – 800 Mbit/s

    Type and Rate : SATA 3 Gbit/s (SATA II)

    Type and Rate : USB 2.0 – 480 Mbit/s

    Note:
    The maximum supported partition size for some 32-bit Windows systems is 2 TB. These versions of Windows cannot detect multiple drives in any RAID mode if the total size exceeds 2 TB.

    Some operating modes of the enclosure require an eSATA host port to provide Port Multiplier (PM) support. Without PM support, only one of the drives will be accessible.

    Ok, so it is another hard drive. What is to review? How about interchangeable interface, USB 3.0 speeds and drive size. Read on to see how it performed.

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    I did not need another drive but I found a great deal at Newegg and could not pass this beauty up.Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    It looks pretty even with the protective plastic still on.

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    1.5 TB Drive Size

    Does this case make me look fat? No, your platters make you look fat. It is about 22mm (.87 in) actually, as you can see compared to my USB 3.0 500GB Toshiba drive.

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    GoFlex Cable Upgrades

    The cable connector removes easily so you can change the interface. You can purchase different cable upgrades for between $14.99 and $24.99.

    FireWire 800

    eSATA

    USB 2.0

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAA1500100

    The drive is 1.36 TB after tax. Yummy.

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    Seagate FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Ultra–portable Drive Benchmark with USB 3.0

    The results are in and not too bad. Heck, my USB 3.0 500GB 5,400 Toshiba gets 70 Read and Write.

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB USB 3.0

    More information on the FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Ultra–portable Drive can be found at:

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/external-hard-drive/portable-hard-drive

    Conclusion

    This drive performs great and is still small enough to carry around in your pocket. If you can pick one up for under $120 then I believe it is worth it for this wallet sized beauty. 1.5TB. Seriously.

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