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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Here is the press release:

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Taipei, Taiwan, August 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced today that Turbo NAS products now support the new WD Red® 5/6TB NAS hard drives and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives. Specifically designed for NAS applications and featuring exclusive NASware® 3.0 technology, the new WD Red and WD Red Pro hard drives provide enhanced reliability and performance for NAS applications.

The new WD Red 5/6TB NAS hard drives are designed for NAS systems with up to 8 drive bays and can easily meet the growing data storage demands of SOHO and home users. The WD Red Pro NAS hard drives are designed to provide affordable, robust and highly-reliable hard drives for medium-to-large-scale business NAS systems with 8-16 drive bays.

“Fueled by the continuous growth of the global NAS market, WD Red NAS hard drives now offer larger capacities to fulfill the data storage needs of home NAS users. With the addition of WD Red Pro, the expanded WD Red family now offers medium to large business NAS systems a key solution for handling the increasing workloads in modern business environments,” said Darrin Bulik, Director of Digital Video & NAS Products, WD Storage Technology. “We have worked closely with QNAP to ensure compatibility for WD Red &WD Red Pro NAS drives with Turbo NAS, providing users with reliable hard drives for optimal performance and robust data protection.”

“We are glad to offer our users more options in choosing suitable hard drives for their Turbo NAS by fully supporting WD’s latest NAS drives,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “By using the new WD Red hard drives, our users will enjoy higher capacities, greater reliability, and an enhanced WD service.”

The new WD Red hard drives and WD Red Pro hard drives are available in 3.5-inch form factors and SATA 6 Gb/s interface to provide capacity-optimized solutions, including:

  • WD Red 5 TB (WD50EFRX ) and 6 TB (WD60EFRX); 3-year limited warranty
  • WD Red Pro 2 TB (WD2001FFSX), 3 TB (WD3001FFSX), and 4 TB (WD4001FFSX); 5-year limited warranty

For more information about WD Red NAS hard drives, visit http://wdc.com/en/products/internal/nas/.

To discover the full lineup of Turbo NAS-compatible hardware, go to www.qnap.com/compatibility. To learn more about QNAP Turbo NAS products, please visit www.qnap.com.

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Good news indeed!

WD today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

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WD Red

A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with WD NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support.

By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

WD Red Pro

Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by WD NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.

WD Red family of hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD NAS solutions and are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

WD Green

The WD Green line of cool, quiet and eco-friendly hard drives will also be seeing capacity expansion in the near future with soon to be announced 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.

Availability and Pricing

Available now at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited worldwide warranties, respectively. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is £199.00, and £240.00 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX) is £124.00, £149.00 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and £199.00 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

With storage requirements becoming bigger and bigger all the time, WD have released a new 6 TB drive in their Red NAS range, and here is our review.

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WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support. By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance. The drives have a 3.5 Inch, 1.2TB / Disk; 5-Platter Design.

Who are WD?

From their website:

We are thousands of people worldwide working to enable you to store, collect, access, and use a vast and growing body of digital information. Our reliable hard drives and solid state drives, marketed under the WD and HGST brands, are everywhere that digital information and content is found: in the cloud, supporting your mobile digital lifestyle; in business and personal computers; in external storage devices; in the digital video recorder in your home; and in sophisticated medical, military, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. We also make media players that enable you to enjoy your digital content on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. Our customers range from some of the largest companies in the world to individual users like you.

Specifications

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A Closer Look at the Drive

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Windows sees the drive as 5.45 TB.

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Performance Tests

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The average read speed was 177.8 MB/s and the average write speed was 172.6 MB/s (which is up on last years 4 TB Red Drive).

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Final Thoughts

The WD Red drive comes in a variety of sizes from 750 GB all the way up to the new 6 TB version we are reviewing here.

This is one of the first 6 TB drives on the market so if you need a lot of storage, and a good speed, and you plan on using the drive in your NAS then you really should look at this drive closely.

Also, this drive comes with a 3 year warranty. Now this may not seem like a major selling point to some people but believe me over the years I have had my fair share of failed drives and so it’s nice to know that anytime during that 3 year period WD will replace my drive if I have a problem – after all, you are spending a lot of money on it!

Every WD Red hard drive also comes with professional support services which includes a premium dedicated 24/7 support line. I didn’t need to use them during the course of this review, but having that option there if you need it is very good.

The performance of the drive is very good – especially as these drives are optimised and designed for use in a NAS, so if you want a reliable, good performing storage drive for your NAS then this will be right up your alley.

The WD website also has a NAS Compatibility Selector which enables you to check if these drives are compatible with your NAS – it’s certainly worth checking, although you will find all the usual suspects are supported.

The retail price for the 6 TB drive (WD60EFRX) is around £240 but as usual look around for a good deal.

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Learn more from the WD website.

WD recently announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution – and this is our review.

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Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box is actually pretty solid and contains a slide out separate box that contains the Black2 drive, a quick installation guide, a massive USB key and a USB connector.

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A Closer Look

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And here is that massive USB key that contains a link to the WD website to download the software.

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WD today announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution.

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Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored. Utilising the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black2 dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage.

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WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from SATA 6 Gb/second interface speed. It is neatly packaged in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with popular PC operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.

Available at wdstore.co.uk and through etailers such as amazon.co.uk, WD Black2 dual drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD WD Black2 dual drive, model #: (WD1001X06XDTL) is £249.99.

Additional information about WD Black2 dual drives can be found here: http://products.wd.com/wdblack2.

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Today EA and Dice released the installation information for the Xbox 360 release of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4 on the Xbox 360 will come with two discs: one for multiplayer, the other for single player.
The first time you start your game, regardless of which disc you use, you will be asked to perform a required installation of 2 GB worth of game content to your hard drive.
In addition to the required installation, each disc has additional content you can install to your hard drive for better performance.

  • The Multiplayer Disc, or Disc 1, has an additional 6.6 GB of content
  • The Single Player Disc, or Disc 2, has 5.8 GB of installation content.

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So make sure you got the hard drive space on your Xbox 360 for the release of Battlefield 4 out on the 29th October (North America) and 1st November the rest of the World. Watch the Karl-Magnus Troedsson who is the General Manager of DICE from E3 earlier this year.

 

 

If you are looking for a USB 3.0 1TB mobile drive for your Mac then you should take a look at our review of the 1TB G-Drive mobile USB hard drive from G-Technology.

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This is how G-Technology describe the drive:

G-DRIVE mobile USB portable hard drives are the perfect compliment to your new Apple MacBook. It is the ultra-portable and stylish way to travel with up to 1TB of storage space for your important documents, MP3s, digital video and digital photo files. G-DRIVE mobile USB is bus powered, eliminating the need to carry an external AC power supply. Portability was never so easy!

Who are G-Technology?

From their website:

G-Technology’s range of storage systems, designed with the creative professional and mac user in mind. Whether a filmmaker, photographer, musician or designer, we have the storage solution for you. In the field or in the studio, G-Technology is the Professional Choice.

Specifications

  • Portable, USB external hard drives
  • USB 3.0 for faster performance (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Compact size and ultra stylish
  • Storage capacities up to 1TB using 5400 RPM drives
  • Bus powered – no AC adapter required
  • Ships complete with USB 3.0 cable
  • Mac OS X and Windows compatible – Time Machine ready!
  • Standard 3-year factory warranty
  • Height: 13 mm/0.51 in.
  • Width: 82 mm/3.23 in.
  • Weight: 162 g
  • Length: 129 mm/5.08 in.

What’s in the Box?

  • G-DRIVE mobile USB hard drive
  • USB cable (3.0, compatible with 2.0)
  • Quick Install Guide

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A Closer Look

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Using the Drive

To use the drive with your Mac you just have to plug it in – it’s all pre-formatted and ready to go.

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Performance Test

Here are the performance test numbers using Disk Speed Test from Blackmagicdesign with the drive connected to a MacBook Pro via USB 3.0:

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Average Write speed: 96.1 MB/s.

Average Read speed: 104/5 MB/s.

Final Thoughts

The drive comes in either 750GB or 1TB, and for this review we took a look at the 1TB version.

The drive is very light weight so it’s easy to slip it in your bag or pocket and not really notice you are carrying it. It’s also very quiet, so you can use it anywhere.

While it isn’t the fastest drive on the market, it still clocks in a very reasonable speed so for most tasks you won’t be disappointed.

One slight oddity with the drive is that the status light is next to the USB 3.0 connector, which means you can only see the light (if you want to check on it) by turning the drive around, although this isn’t exactly a major issue.

The drive is backed by a three year warranty which gives you that added assurance that if anything goes wrong with the drive it can be replaced.

The drive is pre-formatted for use on a Mac, but it can be reformatted and used on a PC if you need to. If you do use it on a Mac it’s the perfect Time Machine drive.

The price of the drive is £99.95. but as usual look around to see if you can get a better deal.

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Learn more from the G-Technology website.

With storage requirements becoming bigger and bigger all the time, WD have released a new 4 TB drive in their Red NAS range, and here is our review.

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The new WD Red hard drives include a new version of NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects data in the event of a power loss or disruption. WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.

Who are WD?

From their website:

We are thousands of people worldwide working to enable you to store, collect, access, and use a vast and growing body of digital information. Our reliable hard drives and solid state drives, marketed under the WD and HGST brands, are everywhere that digital information and content is found: in the cloud, supporting your mobile digital lifestyle; in business and personal computers; in external storage devices; in the digital video recorder in your home; and in sophisticated medical, military, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. We also make media players that enable you to enjoy your digital content on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. Our customers range from some of the largest companies in the world to individual users like you.

Specifications

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A Closer Look at the Drive

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Performance Tests

HD Tune Pro

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The average read speed was 115.9 MB/s.

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The average write speed was 113.0 MB/s.

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CrystalDiskMark

Showed a higher read and write speed.

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Final Thoughts

The WD Red drive comes in a variety of sizes from 750 GB all the way up to the 4 TB version we are reviewing here.

This is one of the only 4 TB drives on the market today so if you need a lot of storage, and a good speed, and you plan on using the drive in your NAS then you really should look at this drive closely.

Also, this drive comes with a 3 year warranty. Now this may not seem like a major selling point to some people but believe me over the years I have had my fair share of failed drives and so it’s nice to know that anytime during that 3 year period WD will replace my drive if I have a problem – after all, you are spending a lot of money on it!

Every WD Red hard drive also comes with professional support services which includes a premium dedicated 24/7 support line. I didn’t need to use them during the course of this review, but having that option there if you need it is very good.

The performance of the drive is very good – especially as these drives are optimised and designed for use in a NAS, so if you want a reliable, good performing storage drive for your NAS then this will be right up your alley.

The WD website also has a NAS Compatibility Selector which enables you to check if these drives are compatible with your NAS – it’s certainly worth checking, although you will find all the usual suspects are supported.

The retail price for the 4 TB drive is around £169.99 but as usual look around for a good deal.

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Learn more from the WD website.

With storage requirements becoming bigger and bigger all the time, WD have a 4 TB drive in their Black range, and here is our review.

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WD Black hard drives are designed for enthusiasts and creative professionals looking for leading-edge performance. These 3.5-inch desktop drives are perfect for high-performance applications like photo and video editing, gaming and power PCs.

  • Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance
  • Colossal cache – Bigger, faster cache of up to 64 MB means faster performance
  • Dual actuator technology – A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy
  • StableTrac – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations
  • NoTouch ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit

Who are WD?

From their website:

We are thousands of people worldwide working to enable you to store, collect, access, and use a vast and growing body of digital information. Our reliable hard drives and solid state drives, marketed under the WD and HGST brands, are everywhere that digital information and content is found: in the cloud, supporting your mobile digital lifestyle; in business and personal computers; in external storage devices; in the digital video recorder in your home; and in sophisticated medical, military, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. We also make media players that enable you to enjoy your digital content on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. Our customers range from some of the largest companies in the world to individual users like you.

Specifications

Specs

A Closer Look at the Drive

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Using the Drive

I connected the drive to my Windows 8 machine:

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If you use the drive as your primary hard disk, Windows Experience rates it as as 5.9.

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Performance Tests

HD Tune Pro

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The average read speed was 127.1 MB/s.

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The average write speed was 128.5 MB/s.

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CrystalDiskMark

Showed a higher read and write speed.

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Final Thoughts

The WD Black drive comes in a variety of sizes from 500 GB all the way up to the 4 TB version we are reviewing here.

This is one of the only 4 TB drives on the market today so if you need a lot of storage, and a good speed (7,200 RPM) then you really should look at this drive closely.

Also, this is the only 4 TB drive on the market that comes with a 5 year warranty. Now this may not seem like a major selling point to some people but believe me over the years I have had my fair share of failed drives and so it’s nice to know that anytime during that 5 year period WD will replace my drive if I have a problem – after all, you are spending a lot of money on it!

WD’s dynamic caching algorithm improves performance in real time by optimizing cache allocation between reads and writes. For example, if there’s an overwhelming percentage of read traffic as opposed to write traffic, the drive automatically allocates more cache for read data, which reduces congestion and improves overall drive performance.

The performance of the drive is very good – although if you are looking for a super fast boot drive for Windows then you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want a reliable, good performing storage drive then this will be right up your alley.

The retail price for the 4 TB drive is around £229.99 but as usual look around for a good deal, and that price should soon drop as more companies release higher capacity drives.

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Learn more from the WD 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

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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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Would you like a very small portable hard drive duplicator? Did we mention it was also standalone? Oh, and you can use it with your PC to access the drives. Here we review the StarTech Portable eSATA USB to SATA Standalone Hard Drive Duplicator Dock.

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The SATDUPUE Portable SATA Hard Drive Duplicator with eSATA and USB offers an easy, hardware solution for duplicating/cloning a SATA hard drive, or can be connected to a desktop and laptop computer for use as an external hard drive dock.

As a standalone hard drive duplicator, the SATDUPUE lets you can create an exact 1-to-1 sector clone from one hard drive to another, including partition and boot sector information and all data, at a rate of up to 72 MBps; as an external hard drive dock, it supports plug-and-play installation and can be connected to a host computer through either USB 2.0 or eSATA, providing data transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps or 3 Gbps respectively. Large capacity drives (tested with up to 4TB 3.5″ and 1TB 2.5″ drives per bay) can be used to greatly enhance your computer’s storage/backup capabilities.

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.

It was StarTech.com’s 25th anniversary in 2010, and to celebrate we developed a fresh new look for the company that we hope you will like!

Features

  • Standalone Sector-by-Sector hard drive copying including the HPA
  • Push-button switching between Duplicator mode and Docking Station mode
  • Compact, pocket-sized form factor
  • A single SATA revision 2 compliant eSATA host interface, with supported data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
  • High Speed USB 2.0 compliant host interface, with supported transfer rates up to 480 Mbps
  • LED progress bar for duplication status
  • Supports both 2.5in and 3.5in form factor SATA hard drives
  • Supports SATA revision 1/2/3 (1.5/3.0/6.0 Gbps) drives
  • Hot-Swap and Plug-and-Play compatible

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the dock, a power supply (which is small), and USB connector, an eSATA cable and an instruction manual.

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A Closer Look

The Source and Destination ports are clearly labelled so there can be no mistake which drives connects where. The same is also true of both the USB and eSATA ports.

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There are two buttons on the top of the unit, one to start whichever process you select, and the other to change between duplication and PC mode.

The lights also light up and change colour depending on what you are doing.

Using the Dock

Connecting drives to the dock is simply a case of putting them together and then switching the dock on. It powers the drives so you don’t need additional power connectors.

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When a drive is connected, the corresponding light with be on. Green indicates PC mode where you can access the contents of either or both drives on your PC. One thing to note here is that if you only want to access a single drive on your PC then you need to connect it to the connector marked Destination (yes, I know, Source would have been better, but that’s how it works).

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The Red light indicates duplication mode for copying the contents of one drive to another.

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Final Thoughts

The dock is very small and very light weight, making it very easy to carry. Even the power supply is small!

The dock provides the ability to duplicate a drive without the need for using a computer, and also the ability to use the dock to access one or two hard drives on your computer, using either USB (USB 2.0 only unfortunately) or eSATA (eSATA being the faster of the two options).

The dock is incredibly simple to use and is just a case of pressing a button if you want to duplicate a drive, and then waiting while the duplication takes place.

While the drive is being duplicated you can see the progress on the status lights. Whilst these don’t give you an idea of how long the process is going to take, at least you can see roughly where in the process it currently is.

I found duplicating a drive to be relatively quick compared to other drive duplicators I have tried in the past, but obviously the speed will depend on the speed of the drive and also the size of the drives in question.

All in all a highly recommended addition to your storage arsenal! But I would love to see a version with USB 3.0 please StarTech!

Cost wise, the dock retails for around £70, which is a good price for what it can do!

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Iomega have released updated firmware for it’s Home Media Network Hard Drive, bringing with it Time Machine support for Lion.

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Version 2.104 – Release date 04/11/12:

Iomega strongly recommends all customers download the update file and review the included ReadMe. This update will change some of the default behaviors on your device.

  • Fixes an issue with Remote Access and secure SSL certificates
  • Adds Time Machine support for the Mac OS X 10.7 operating system
  • Fix for netatalk 2.0
  • Minor bug fixes

This update is not data destructive and will upgrade your current version, however, ALWAYS back up your data before performing any firmware update.

[button link=”https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/21149″ style=”download”]Download the firmware from here[/button]

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