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.
The market is pretty saturated with USB-only drives from a variety of manufacturers. Price per gigabyte and speed have become paramount concerns, and the only technical way to compare the contenders. The My Passport for Mac stacks up well against competing drives, producing some of the best times we've seen in a USB-only drive. It has comparatively strong pricing (though it's by no means the cheapest on the market), and it has a solid warranty behind it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drive Lock Encryption
The 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive from Western Digital is a desktop hard drive with a standard USB 2.0 interface and an illuminated capacity gauge that gives you a visual indication of how much space is available on the disk.
Designed for use with Mac OS X systems, the drive is preformatted with the HFS+ file system. It is compatible with Time Machine, allowing you to use it as an external backup drive.
Windows-friendly- lacks FireWire but supports USB 2.0
This product is a tricky one to weigh as far as pros and cons go. It is definitely a value hard drive, since it features humungous two-terabyte storage capacity. Unfortunately, the drive speed is a downgrade compared to preceding models. If you're looking for a high-performance hard drive that features 7200rpm and FireWire, then you may want to consider a lower-capacity Seagate or competing hard drive.
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