Overall performance is slow
Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.
Speedy file read times
The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It's very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.
A really cool piece of tech with a few minor issues
The Kingston Wi-Drive is a portable hard-drive geared towards sharing media. Boasting a roomy 128GB internal SSD and streaming up to three devices, it's definitely worth a look. After taking the Wi-Drive on several road trips, I definitely got a good idea of what this drive can offer, and who might be interested in buying it. Kingston sent me a copy of the Wi-Drive for evaluation purposes.
Offers data redundancy in addition to spanning
The Western Digital My Book Live Duo houses two hard drives and offers data redundancy in addition to spanning. It's a simple NAS device to install and use; best of all, if you want to access your data remotely, you don't have to know anything about networking to set this up.
Attractively-priced, midrange performance networked storage
If you like the features and price of the single-drive My Book Live, you'll like the Duo even more. In addition to a second drive that brings either more capacity in span mode or a bit more piece of mind with RAID 1 mirroring (which is no substitute for backup), you get whole-NAS backups to either an attached USB drive or any networked share.
Broad Mac, PC, and consumer device support
The good news is that once you jump through all the configuration hoops, the Duo works exceptionally well. Remote access and local network sharing are all speedy and free of the hiccups that plagued last yearâ??s model, proving that, even though it might have been designed by and for engineers, they got most of it right in the end.
Dismal documentation and support
All the documentation on this says I can access the cloud on my network from any PC anywhere. No place does it tell you HOW to do this. I have remote access enabled and I get the pin number, but there is nothing in the manual about it. I called Toshiba tech support and that was an absolute nightmare. I had to call back 3 times because ever time I would mention the name of this device suddenly I would be told " our phone connection is very bad " and the rep would hang up.
I bought a 1 TB Freecom Quattro desktop hard drive from Amazon Japan while living in Japan. It is not only an attractively designed product with its mat aluminium casing, it is quiet (its efficiency at dissipating heat means a fan is not required) and has been completely reliable since I began using it in November 2009. It is almost silent with only the occasional click or whir.
On returning to the UK I bought another one.
Works with Mac and Windows OS
Though other external hard drives offer a preset menu of ports, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex cuts costs by letting you pick from a buffet of "personality cables" so that you buy only the connections that suit your system profile. We applaud Seagate for making data backups easier than ever, and recommend the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive for extra data storage now and easy upgrades in the future.
Slower write speed with USB 2.0 Upgrade Cable
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex PRO 500GB is a unique product since it allows you to be used with different data cables, instantly upgrading the interface in the process. So you can choose the one that suits you better. The dock is not just an aesthetic add-on, but is very much functional as well as convenient. The casing looks good and is strong, but it does gather fingerprints rather fast.
Clearly, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro portable drives perform well, and will deliver fine if you leave it plugged into your chosen module on your desk. But the design is a bit kludgy, sadly. Unless you require the modular flexibility this drive provides, competing models may make a more compelling choice - especially if you need to use the drive in a dock, and then remove it from the dock to take it along with you.
Upgradable Interface Options
To be honest, we never expected such flexible and versatile storage solution options, but the Seagate GoFlex series definitely took us by surprise. While we were kind of skeptical initially of this feature, once we started using it, we realized its advantages immediately.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connection options
The ESD200 256GB Solid State Drive from Transcend is a solid state drive capable of connecting to both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. With a data transfer speed of up to 5Gbits per second you can transfer all of your important data quickly and efficiently to and from the drive.
The integrated dual color LED indicators show power, data transfer, and USB 2.0/3.0 connection type making it easy to see the status of your drive.
Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second
The ESD200 USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive is equipped with a next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. Thanks to its lightweight, compact design and solid state durability, the ESD200 portable SSD makes it easy to store, protect, carry and share all your digital files wherever you go.
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