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LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition NAS Storage Device

LaCie 301269U Ethernet Disk Mini 500GB Network Attached StorageAs popular as hard drive storage has become today, another kind of storage solution is slowly but surely emerging as a potentially superior alternative: home servers. These so-called Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, usually combine hardware and software, and vastly improve the concept of data accessibility. Whereas a portable hard drive can be compared to a briefcase that you need to carry around, a home server allows you to access your data across the Internet. Just imagine being able to watch one of your videos away from your main computer, without having to bring a portable hard drive. Convinced yet? If you are, then check out the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition NAS Device: a full-featured home server that makes you feel you’re always close to your data.

Keeping your Data Close

The best thing about this home server is that it’s very affordable. Compared to its direct competitors, this one is priced a couple hundred dollars less. But don’t let its relatively low price fool you, because, without a doubt, it is just as capable and as feature-packed as its more expensive rivals. LaCie 301269U Ethernet Disk Mini 500GB Network Attached StorageRoughly about the size of a hardcover book and judging by its look, you might think that it’s just another portable hard drive. To a certain extent it can perform as a hard drive, and quite a robust one at that with a capacity of 500 gigabytes. But it is so much more than that with the fact that it has its own 400 MHz processor and 64 MB DDRAM to help manage its storage system and keeping it secure and connected to your network.

Let us try to stray away from the numbers and see how it works in real-world application. Installing the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition takes less than an hour. You just connect it to your network’s router, and the installation software configures the rest of the settings for you. Once that’s done, you simply need to install the included HipServ application on any Windows or Mac computer that you would like to access the server with. From there, the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition becomes a storage medium which you can access remotely.

LaCie 301269U Ethernet Disk Mini 500GB Network Attached Storage

The HipServ management software makes it easy to organize your picture files into various folders, which other users can then see once you’ve granted them access through an email invitation. Not only that, since it is embedded with an iTunes server, you can listen to its stored music from any computer in your network. Likewise, the HipServ application also transforms the home server into a capable media server, which can then stream videos to your TV via digital media players that support uPnP AV, Windows Connect and DLNA certified devices as well as game consoles such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Indeed, the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition is one powerful device.

Via the HomeLaCie.com media portal, you get to access your media and files even when you’re on vacation, so long as you have an Internet connection and a browser. What’s more, you can even upload your files to it, making the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition a device that’s as versatile as a portable hard drive. LaCie 301269U Ethernet Disk Mini 500GB Network Attached StorageTo top it all off, you can also use it to backup your PC through the DesktopMirror software feature.

With the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition, it’s like never leaving home at all. With all the features and benefits it can offer, you’ll think twice about getting a portable hard drive. Without question, this device will change the way you understand data portability.

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Contributed by Daniel Gonzales

Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard DriveKeeping up with the times has never been this challenging until now. Just a few years ago, we were amazed by 100 gigabyte hard drives. Going back even further, we were able to manage with a mere 4 or 8 gigabyte hard drive. How time flies; today, 200 or 300 gigabyte hard drives aren’t even enough for our demanding storage needs. To satisfy them, we need hard drives that are 500 gigabytes or larger. That being said, you should take a look at the Fantom Titanium-II 500 gigabyte USB 2.0 Hard Drive. With this impressive hard drive, you get to save a ton of data, as what modern computer users do nowadays.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

The Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive boasts of a no-nonsense design. You’ll find no soft angles in its appearance, which is a perfect visual complement to the way it works: hard and unforgiving. Its silver color and lines possess a very industrial feel, which is why this hard drive and its Titanium name are simply a match made in heaven. Its sturdy aluminum casing looks to be as durable as the most durable of external hard drives, and it is one that has the capacity to completely protect your data. Its strength and ruggedness are crucial if you plan on storing critical data on it. Plus, you won’t even notice that is in operation already since it possesses a fan-less design.

What makes the Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive so great is that durability is just one of its strengths; it is also one that is so easy to carry around wherever you go. You see, not only do modern computer users need to store a lot of files, they also need to bring those files with them to work, school or what have you. Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard DriveThankfully, with the Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive’s robust yet compact design, that is all a possibility. It is fairly light and with its strong construction, your files are protected from bumps and shocks. With its support for USB 2.0, the hard drive is a truly convenient plug-and-play device. USB 2.0 slots can be found in almost all PCs, so as such, you won’t experience a lot of compatibility issues. Bring your files wherever you go, and access all of them almost in an instant. In addition, the drive can be positioned either vertically or horizontally, allowing you to adjust it according to how much space your desk affords.

Few can question the performance of the Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive.
Its 500 gigabyte capacity holds as much as hours upon hours of DVD-quality movies, more than a year’s worth of quality music, hundreds of thousands of photos and an equally impressive amount of games. With its 7200RPM spindle speed and 16 MB buffer memory, accessing tons of files can be done in a very seamless manner. Likewise, the USB interface it uses is capable of file transfer speeds of up to 480 Mbps. With these features, this hard drive is truly the ideal choice for backing up and storing all your files.

Keep up with the times with the Fantom Titanium-II 500GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive. For only a hundred dollars, you get a compact and capable hard drive perfect for our growing storage needs.

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Contributed by Daniel Gonzales

Hard Drive Stacks Ready to Go

ult33051-main.jpgThe technology-solutions provider Ultra Products has been striving to provide a wide range of high quality products and services for some time now. Actually, it is the company’s mission to be the best in its field, offering superior, innovative products at great value that ensure maximum customer satisfaction, and the Ultra 3.5″ Stackable USB 2.0 / Firewire IDE External Hard Drive Enclosure is yet another example of how they accomplish this mission every day!.

Thanks to the innovative minds of the people at Ultra, anyone can finally configure their hard drive setup just the way they want it. Each Stackable unit can be operated separately, giving you the freedom to purchase only the parts you need. The Ultra Stackable product line offers three different models to choose from: IDE to USB 2.0, IDE to USB 2.0 or FireWire, and SATA to USB 2.0 or ESATA.

It is better to get the best out of both worlds, so a USB 2.0 model with the Firewire functionality is a smarter choice. Although the USB 2.0 transfer rate is 80 Mbps faster than the Firewire’s rate of 400Mbps, getting two interfaces will serve you well in the long run.

Aside from the plug and play USB 2.0 and Firewire Interface feature, the Ultra 3.5″ Stackable USB 2.0 / Firewire IDE External Hard Drive Enclosure supports support 3.5″ ATA 133/100/66 Hard Drives and a maximum capacity of 750 GB.

Anyone can use the Ultra 3.5″ Stackable USB 2.0 / Firewire IDE External Hard Drive Enclosure because its minimum system requirements include Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, or Vista, Mac OS 9 and above, and a CDROM drive for driver installation. Also, the drive enclosure comes with a user’s manual, warranty registration card, drivers for Windows 98, an AC adaptor, a 5 foot USB 2.0 cable, a 5 foot FireWire cable, and two vertical brackets and four soft feet for horizontal stacking. The back of the enclosure features a 30mm active cooling fan, an on/off toggle switch, two 1394 FireWire Ports a USB 2.0 port and a DC power port. So, power can come from the included power adapter or directly from the Ultra stackable 180-Watt Multi-outlet DC 12V Power Center. The inclusion of two 1394 FireWire ports allows for up to three FireWire devices to be joined together. This promises a convenient way to add a couple more FireWire enclosures to the stack for compatible systems.

What makes personalization of hard drives through this stackable product a great buy is that its maker is offering a one year limited warranty on every 3.5″ Stackable USB 2.0 / Firewire IDE External Hard Drive Enclosure. And as if that is not great enough, that warranty can be upgraded to cover three years just by registering the product on the Ultra Products website.

Being smart, portable and practical, the Ultra 3.5″ Stackable USB 2.0 / Firewire IDE External Hard Drive Enclosure is promising to be another one of Ultra Products’ breakthrough devices that give customers great value for their money.

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The Perfect High-capacity Drive for the Mobile Power User: Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5 Hard Drive

Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB Hard DriveMany of the files and programs we use today have increased in file size, thus necessitating the need for hard drives with large storage capacities. As the computing power of our PCs increased so has the amount and size of data that we need to store. Today, you need to have, at the very least, a 100-gigabyte hard disk just to be on the safe side. At the rapid pace storage requirements increase, it would be wise to get one that’s built for the future as well.With the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5 Hard Drive, you’ll be getting exactly that—a high-capacity hard drive with a high level of portability.

Seagate FreeAgent in the BoxFor users on the go who need to carry large amounts of data with them, this is one of the best portable hard drives money can buy. Seagate has long been a trusted hard drive manufacturer, and the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5 Hard Drive reaffirms that. With the drive’s 500-gigabyte capacity, storing all your files, documents, programs or whatnot is easily accomplished.

To illustrate things more clearly, 500 gigabytes is the data equivalent of more than 200 DVD movies, 750 hours of VHS-quality videos, 10,000 hours of MP3 songs or around 200,000 high quality images. That’s undeniably a lot of files. Plus, with slim dimensions, it is easy to carry this drive wherever you need to go.

The Seagate FreeAgent has a Switchable Interface offering FireWire 400, eSATA, and USBThe drive’s polished and modern looks is a positive feature as well.Even more impressive is the fact that the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5 Hard Drive is capable of transferring data at rapid rates: 3000 Mb/sec using the Serial ATA interface, and from 400 to 480 Mb/sec on FireWire and USB 2.0. The drive spins at a steady speed of 7200 RPM, which ensures quick file access and file transfer.The Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5 Hard Drive’s robust feature don’t end there. The drive comes with the FreeAgent Pro data mover, which copies and transfers content you choose to various locations.

This way all your files stay manageable and within arm’s reach. FreeAgent Pro also makes automatic and continuous revisions to your files which enables you to roll back to an earlier version if and when the need arises.  If in the rare case your Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5″ Hard Drive fails, Seagate offers a five-year limited warranty. If anything, that warranty adds extra value to an already powerful hard drive solution. The Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB 3.5″ Hard Drive looks great and performs great. Simply put: it’s an incredible hard drive that can handle all your memory needs without trouble.

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By Daniel Gonzales

Using Your Email Accounts As File Storage

Protecting Your EmailAs Email accounts have become one of the modern-day necessities, it comes with a increased risk of loss. People these days just cannot do without it. Not having one is synonymous to not having your own phone number. However, some have found other uses apart from keeping in touch with loved ones; touching base with business contacts; and sending information quicker that snail mail. But if you loose it, it can be worse than loosing your wallet! You need protection!

“For some people, losing an e-mail account is akin to losing family photographs in a flood or fire. Even if the service is free, the offending company or service provider had better be prepared to apologize gracefully and profusely,” commented Ben Chestnut, cofounder and partner of MailChimp.

A lot of users find it more secure than their own computer. Desktops and laptops may crash but the email providers are forever, right? You can conveniently retrieve all lost information by simply logging on to the Internet via any computer, and accessing the email provider’s site. However, over 14,000 of Charter Communications’ customers may have thought the same way until they tried to log on recently, and found their messages, photos, files – the very chronicles of their lives – gone and never to return.

It was a software glitch during routine maintenance that caused Charter to permanently dump the 14,000 active accounts’ contents. To compensate the people affected, Charter is offering a $50 service credit. The email service had been provided free of charge to customers using the communication provider’s “Triple Play” — Internet, cable and telephone — bundle of services, which, in theory, should dampen their ire. But email has become the de facto backup strategy for millions of consumers and businesses. This practice has been prevalent for at least the past three years, especially after Yahoo began offering virtually limitless storage for their free accounts. Their strategy was to bind users as firmly as possible to their portals. It worked too — except for when it didn’t.

David Friend, founder of Carbonite, an online backup service, logged onto Yahoo one day and found his account permanently deleted through a server error. It was one of the reasons he decided to found his company. “I have no idea how prevalent losing email like that is, but I would guess it happens more than we would realize,” he told TechNewsWorld.

There are valuable lessons to be learned here. It is vitally importance to back up your data. Do not rely one storage unit – have redundancy – and always be prepared with a contingency plan.

[Editor’s note: Personally, I recommend a strategy of separate external hard drives to backup a built-in hard drive, backed up on CD or DVD regularly, along with additional backup by a online service. That way, if you loose the online service, you have the physical backups. If you loose your physical backups (such as in a fire), you have the online backups. Remember, unless you have automated, synchronized backups at multiple locations you will loose data eventually, and never rely on a single backup medium.]

Source: TechNewsWorld

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  • Multi-Bit Storage appears in announced SSD

    SSD DriveStorage – nobody can get enough – but these days it’s the transition from standard hard drives to SSD. SSD will provide for the future of mobile devices, with it’s shock resistance features, the biggest challenge now is getting SSD up to the capacity people expect to get with a notebook.

    The days of getting a notebook with a 4GB hard drive are over – today people are enjoying their complete media libraries on their laptops. I have one laptop primarily used with the television with two hard drives in it – and they are needed with media. Some SSD based notebooks have started to appear, but their lack of overall storage capacity may keep them from selling too quickly. SSD Drives are already available on the market (including from Tiger).

    Intel developed a ‘StrataFlash’ Memory technology that introduced MLC. This multi-layer cell technology allows standardized memory to store two bits on a single transistor – effectively doubling it’s capacity. With this technology in hand, BitMicro are offering up to a 832GB SSD drive. Yep, you heard it hear – up to 832 gigs.

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    Western Digital 320GB Passport Portable External Storage Drive

    The Guys at WD have gone a bit crazy.

    The Western Digital Passport is one of the hottest portable storage devices out there. You don’t need to schlep along a power cable, it runs off of the USB connection. It is sleek, black (or several other colors) and fits in your shirt pocket (providing you’ve got a large shirt pocket). And now it’s capable of storing more data than your laptop probably can: an astounding 320 gigabytes.

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    Did Someone Say Storage? The Beyond Micro Solution

    Beyond Micro Portable External Hard DriveIf you have any experience with the Internet as we now know it, you know there’s way too much cool stuff out there. From ShareWare games to multimedia video via MetaCafe (you thought I was going to say Youtube, didn’t you?) there’s so much content, you’ll never be able to store it all.

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    Lexar ExpressCard Solid State Drive: Your Flash Drive Days Are Numbered.

    Check this out! I see a lot of stuff come through the TigerTV labs. But rarely do I sit back and say: “Ah, I’ve been waiting for one of those.” This is one of those rare times. Introducing the Lexar ExpressCard, a solid-state drive that provides high performance and high capacity storage for laptop computers. This isn’t your mother’s flash drive—it fits right in the PC Express Card slot of newer model laptop PCs. It delivers extra memory and reliability for backing up data without cables or protruding USB devices.

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    Hybrid Video Comes Home: The JVC GZ-MG130 Hybrid Video Camcorder

    JVC GZ-MG130 Hybrid Video CameraTired of Tape? I’m talking about video tape—the stuff that moving pictures have been recorded on since they invented a better technique than drawing in the margins of your History book, then flipping the pages real fast. Yes, they’ve come a long way since then. And if by “they” you mean JVC, then they’ve come a very, very long way indeed. The JVC GZ-MG130 Hybrid Digital Video Camera is one of the first to offer dual storage capacity. It has an on-board Hard Drive as well as space for a flash media card—there’s no tape here whatsoever.

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