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In Late January, we got our hands-on the new LaCie Fuel 1TB storage device for review. We liked the Fuel a lot and gave it a 90% rating when all the tests were done. One of the things that might have bothered some about the Fuel was that 1TB of storage isn't that much space.
LaCie has announced a new version of that drive that has the same feature, but has twice the capacity. The storage capacity is now up to 2TB. The 1TB version is still available. LaCie talks about the device as if it's for the iPad only. It should work with just about any mobile device that has a version of the Seagate media app available. Devices that support that app include iOS devices, Android, and the Amazon Kindle.
The 2TB Fuel is able to stream content to up to five devices without needing an internet connection. When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the Fuel can be used as a hotspot. AirPlay is supported making it easy to shoot content to the big screen in the living room. Battery life for the device is 10-hours. The 2TB Fuel can be pre-ordered now for $249.99 in the US with shipping globally happening this month.
Today SanDisk announced the addition of four new Enterprise-grade SATA SSDs to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA line of solid state drives. The CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives have been designed to deliver the best business-critical performance possible in mixed-use enterprise applications often found in today's business world.
"Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data," said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult. The CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family was designed to meet the needs of applications across the read-write spectrum, meaning organizations and server designers no longer need to make tradeoffs between system performance and cost."
Until now, backing up a disc that's purchased for personal use is considered illegal in the UK. However, the UK government recently revealed that the upcoming revision of the copyright law will address the issue.
The decision was made after making series of public consultations and inspection of the copyright legislation. For few years, the initial proposal were in its planning stages for few years. Now, the revised should be implemented by summer. By July, people can now make a backup of their disks for personal use.
The government did emphasize that giving access of those backups to others will remain illegal. You can store personal copies in any storage devices, or even use online storage. But its illegal to allow even your friends to access it.
When it comes to external storage, there are a number of interfaces that a drive can use. They range from USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports to eSATA and Thunderbolt among others. WD has been making external storage solutions for a long time.
WD has made drives in the past that use Thunderbolt for connectivity. The company has unveiled the new my Passport Pro that is the first drive to be bus powered and offer dual drives in one enclosure. On Mac computers, the drive has user selectable RAID functions.
The My Passport Pro is offered in 2TB and 4TB capacities. WD says that the new drive is the only bus powered dual drive offering on the market. It offers speeds of up to 233MB/s and can be set in RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations.
Toshiba has rolled out some new storage products that are aimed at different user groups. One of the products is an external hard drive that connects via USB 3.0 and offers two capacities called the Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive. The other product is a hybrid internal storage drive aimed at notebook users.
The desktop USB 3.0 hard drive is offered in 4TB or 5TB capacities. The USB 3.0 interface will make moving data to and from the drive faster. Toshiba designed the drive so that it can be placed in vertical or horizontal orientations for more placement flexibility.
Backup software called NTI Backup Now EZ ships with the external storage solutions to keep your data safe and secure. The internal drive is a 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive. That product is aimed at notebook users wanting to upgrade. It combines traditional HDD tech with NAND flash for better performance without giving up capacity.
Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6M mSATA SSD, a compact SSD for notebooks. For users looking to increase the performance of their laptops, Plextor claims the new M6M is capable of maximum random read/write speeds of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and sequential read and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s and 440 MB/s.
According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The M6M is all about real-world performance. We've optimized this compact SSD to deliver the best possible computing experience. We used the latest generation of components, then included a new version of True Speed for even smoother long-term operation, and focused on increasing the random speeds to give the fastest everyday operating performance".
Beyond performance improvements, the M6M includes several key features including better energy efficiency. When the notebook goes in sleep mode, the SSD reduces its power consumption to 2 mW to extend battery life, and can resume in 100 ms. Also, the M6M includes Plextor's exclusive True Protect technology which supports advanced data integrity checks and 256-bit AES full disk encryption.
The Plextor M6M SSD will be available in the second quarter of 2014 in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.
Check back on April 10th, 2014 for the TweakTown review of the M6M!
Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6S, an efficient, high-performance SSD. According to Plextor, the new M6S is capable of delivering random read/write speed of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and a 520/440 MB/s sequential read/write speed. Compared to the best-selling M5S, there is an additional power savings of 30% to 50%.
According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The new M6S gives desktop and notebook users the ultimate system upgrade. Its combination of speed and efficiency makes it an ideal replacement for a hard drive. By installing an M6S rather than a traditional hard drive, Windows 7 boots in a quarter of the time, applications start quickly, and saving and loading become almost instant. Our tests even show that notebook users can gain an extra 30 minutes of battery time by using an M6S".
The M6S will come in a thinner 7 mm form factor, allowing it to fit into thin notebooks. Availability of the new drives begins in the second quarter of 2014 with 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.
You can see our review of the M6S on April, 10th 2014.
Connected Data, the manufacturer of the Drobo line of external data storage solutions, announced today the release of the latest 4-bay Drobo system. This is the third generation version of Drobo with a lower price tag and three times the performance of the previous version. New features include USB 3.0, faster rebuild times, enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine, and the addition of battery back up. Pricing for this new Drobo starts at $349 with general availability starting late April, 2014.
Like all Drobo products, the newest Drobo is built upon the BeyondRAID technology. BeyondRAID allows existing owners of Drobo appliances to seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one. After upgrading, customers will see an instant performance boost and benefit from all the new Drobo features.
Toshiba has announced that it has a new hard drive to add to its line of internal storage products. The new hard drive is a self-encrypting unit that is validated to US Federal Information Processing Standards. That means that the drive is secure enough to use with sensitive government documents.
The new drive is a thin-type HDD in the MQ01ABUxxxBW series. The drives are 7mm thick making the appropriate for use in mobile devices. They can be had with up to 500GB of storage capacity. The drive is also available in a 320GB version as well.
Both versions of the HDD use a NIST certified cryptographic module allowing them to meet federal standards. Toshiba also includes an Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function. The FIPS certified cryptographic module of the drive also has tamper-evident labeling for more security.
Toshiba has announced an interesting new adapter that can be used to turn external hard drives into network attached storage. The new product is called the Canvio Wireless Adapter. The adapter will work with any brand of traditional external hard drive, not Toshiba brands alone.
Once connected the adapter lets the user connect to the hard drive using a tablet or smartphone and upload images, video, and documents to the drive. The adapter supports up to eight deices at one time. Using the app, the data stored on the drive can also be accessed remotely from outside the home or office.
The wireless Adapter is easy to install and set up. It connects to the external hard drive and a USB power source. Apps for saving and accessing data are available for Android and iOS. The wireless adapter is available now for $79.99.