Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Toolbox: Photo/Video Storage
Huge capacities and fast transfer speeds are making this an exciting year for external hard drives
The reason that external hard drives are so popular is that convenience trumps speed. Whether swapping files between work and home or making projects more easily accessible to others, many external hard drives are built specifically for portability.
Seagate’s 500 GB BlackArmor PS 110 portable drive includes a complete USB 3.0 kit with a PC card adapter for making data transfers up to three times faster than USB 2.0 drives. The slim design measures in at pocket-sized dimensions (0.49x3.15x5.12 inches) while weighing less than half a pound. The drive automatically archives your entire operating system, and it also protects files with AES 256-bit encryption. You can restore damaged or lost files with the included SafetyDrill+ recovery software, and a Try&Decide tool allows you to protect your files and system by trying out new settings and programs without making them active on the computer. List Price: $179.
The larger your capacity, the more options you’ll have for configuring your drive. RAID options allow you to back up “mirrored” copies of your files, so rather than just one archive, you automatically have two. That way, if your hard drive fails, you have a backup right in the same external enclosure. Think of it as dual redundancy.
LaCie’s 2big series of external drives are designed as a secure backup system for professionals. Available with up to 4 TB of capacity, the 2big Network and the 2big Quadra include a two-disk RAID 1 solution for automatic redundancy of files. The Quadra also offers four RAID modes in total for customizing your ideal read/write times, and the disks are hot-swappable, meaning you can switch out a drive once its capacity has been reached. The 2big Network includes an Ethernet connection for sharing files remotely. LaCie also has added a new model to the line, the 2big USB 3.0, which promises up to 275 MB/s of uncompressed data transfer. List Price: Starts at $279 (2big Quadra 1 TB).
Page 3 of 4