Works well as a fast portable drive or as a robust mobile media server
If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.
Surprisingly little noise during operation
The G-DRIVE Mini from G-Technologies (Hitachi) is a nice addition to any notebook computer needing extra or backup storage although more so for Mac users than PC users with the FireWire 800 interface being the best option for data speeds.
Extra security of both local and on-line storage
Some people will prefer a more versatile and mobile service, such as DropBox, which allows you to quickly retrieve and sync files in different locations and on different devices. The CloudBox's on-line features are more limited, but could still work well for people who need the extra security of both local and on-line storage for relatively small amounts of important personal data.
Underpowered & low-capacity
The CloudBox is a great idea imperfectly realised. For users who have small data sets or are concerned only with their vital data, it's an appealingly simple - though slow and pricey - backup system. Before you buy, make sure that you're willing to pony up $130 bucks (£1) a year to maintain your online backup. Without the online component, all you have is an underpowered, low-capacity NAS box.
Includes both hard disk and online storage
The cloud storage subscription provided with the CloudBox lasts for a year, so you'll need to renew it at the end of the first year if you want to carry on using it. However, it costs only £89 per year to renew your subscription, whereas Apple's iCloud costs £70 per year for just 50GB. The bundled software could be a little easier to use, but having that additional level of cloud backup could be a life-saver for business users in the event of an accident or theft in your office.
Plug & play option
Most users with any amount of network proficiency would probably be able to piece together a cheaper, more flexible local/cloud backup system than the CloudBox. That's not to say LaCie's drive misses the mark, however. Whereas a regular NAS might be a weekend's frustration for basic users arguably the most likely to avoid backing-up altogether the CloudBox's convenience makes it a plug & play option in which the "plug" aspect doesn't demand a degree in computer science to complete.
One year of 100 GB storage included
The Lacie CloudBox is a simple appliance that can automatically backup your important files to a network storage device, which is then automatically synchronized to offsite cloud-based storage. With this solution in place, you have both onsite and offsite secure backup of your files. If that simplicity appeals to you, you can live with the 100 GB limitation and don't mind paying a premium price for cloud storage, the LaCie CloudBox could be the perfect backup solution for you.
Fast, efficient storage for Macs and PC's
It's hard to make any hard disk stand out from the crowd these days, but the Backup Plus provides fast, efficient storage for Macs and PCs, along with useful software that keeps your photos safe even if you upload them onto Facebook straight from your phone.
Fast, light and reasonably compact
As a portable hard drive, we actually can't fault the Seagate. It's quick and simple to use. Windows 7 recognises it with no problems, and there's no drivers to install - at least, none that require the user intervene. It's quick, light and simple to use. So when it comes to storage, it's all good.
The social and backup apps are a little less impressive. They work, but the reduced image sizes on downloaded images doesn't impress us.
Works well so far, with minor quirks
After doing a lot of on-line research and reading review upon review, I decided I didn't need a portable backup hard drive, I didn't need it to match room decor, wasn't going to be impressed by its sleek styling, etc, etc-- I just wanted a backup hard drive that could back up my Macs. Period. It had to be for Macs--not PCs. I didn't want the hassle. Western Digital looked to be just what I needed and I'm not in the least disappointed with this product. In fact I purchased two, the other a 2TB.
This drive has been performing very well for about a month. The performance is excellent and the setup of the actual drive was very straightforward. However, the setup required for Windows XP to keep it from banging the drive to death is HORRENDOUS! There is a lot of info online about how to do it, but a comprehensive collection is difficult to come by. As always, remember, it's not IF your hard drive will die...it's when. Solid product...so far.
Nice portable hard drive
I purchased this portable hard drive when it was on sale during Amazon's Black Friday week. We weren't sure what to expect b/c the price was so low, but we were pleasantly surprised when it arrived. It's as simple as simple gets. Plug it into your USB port and drag and drop file. It's not loaded with any backup software, but we weren't looking for any. We copied all the data off our laptop (music, pictures, etc) in under an hour.
Great value as a quiet, performance drive
When we consider the qualities we like to see in a "green" hard drive, the Deskstar 5K3000 2TB is middle of the road. Its energy efficiency is unable to touch WD's Caviar Green series, though it is a big improvement over Seagate's Barracuda Green/LP. The 5K3000 is a very quiet drive, but again, can't match the Caviar Greens, which are practically inaudible.
Good Price Per Gigabyte
Performance is typically one of the areas that suffers most for green classed hard drives. Hitachi's Deskstar 5K3000 seems to buck this trend by offering better performance than the competition in terms or reading and writing data to the drive. The downside is that it isn't as cool or quiet as the competition. It is still a good choice for those looking to add some extra storage space to a desktop for a great price for the 2TB model.
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