Drive is relatively quiet
Compact and light enough to easily fit in a backpack or briefcase, Western Digitalâ?? s My Book Studio external hard drive is a cute little bugger. Designed to resemble a book, the 6.5-inch tall drive stands upright, and you have the option of digitally labeling your drive (with 12 characters or less) so itâ?? ll read like a title on the binding a book.
Designed specifically for a Mac, this plug-in-and-go drive is compatible with Appleâ??
Fully featured Mac software
Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition is quite possibly the sexiest external hard drive we've seen, if we're allowed to call external hard drives that. The powdered silver casing is one of luxury, a single stretched ovoid line lit by white LEDs calmly and serenely tracks back and forth when it's in use.
Fantastic design & build
LaCie is known for their outstanding build quality and industrial design, you will find more of the same with the P'9223 Slim SSD drive. With its machine finished aluminum design, the P'9223 has an elegant appearance that is worthy of having the Porsche name associated with it and is a perfect match in build quality and size to for Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
The P'9223 provides good performance numbers through USB 3.0 with its SSD.
The LaCie P9223 SLIM Porsche Design is a success with its sleek, ultra-thin and excellent performance. However, it will connect on a recent MacBook or a PC with Windows 8 to really benefit. We also appreciate the software package.
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.
Performs Well, Looks Nice, No Obnoxiously Bright Light
I bought this for a backup drive for my home file server. The server just supports USB 2, but I was pleased to see the product had an included 2 to USB 3 cable. It worked right away, and I formatted it to EXT4 without incident and ran a surface scan that passed just fine. While I have the server in a small rack, I was pleased to see lights were not like many other external drives: fully illuminating rooms with an amazingly bright bright blue light.
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.
Best upgrade I have ever made to a computer
This noticeably sped up my HP laptop computer, especially start-up (boot-up) time (about 25 seconds now) and wake up time (2 to 4 seconds). I replaced a 500 gig hard drive with this 256 gig SSD. Don't do this unless you are comfortable re-installing your computer system, although you won't need to reinstall it: there is a better way. The process is greatly simplified if you have an external USB-SATA connector and are comfortable cloning a disk drive.
Very shock resistant
Buffalo has built a reputation on producing well-built, quality, and cutting edge products. While searching for an edge in the portable hard drive market, the MiniStation Metro gains an innovative design, but loses at bit in terms of performance. Users who care more about style than speed may still find the MiniStation Metro compelling due to Buffaloâ??s warranty, the driveâ??s impressive shock protective abilities, and the convenient, captive cable design.
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