RAID is becoming more familiar in the SOHO market, but portable devices using 2.5" drives remain a novelty. I recently tested two such units, and came away with mixed impressions. Although the ToughTech Duo from CRU-DataPort/Wiebetech sports attractive design, it didn't perform much better than the homely Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S. And neither is all that portable. A Tale of … [Read more...] about Two Dual-Drive Portable RAIDs Reviewed: Akitio and Wiebetech
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAC3000101 The other day, I bought 6 TB of storage for under $300. This statement alone is startling to folks like me who have been following the storage and hard disk drive industry, but there is another fact that is more difficult to swallow: It will take days to copy data to these huge 3 TB drives, since the … [Read more...] about How To Open a Seagate GoFlex Desk Hard Disk Drive Case
Mac storage specialist, CalDigit, recently introduced a new combination storage card for Mac Pro users. The CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 combines two eSATA ports and two USB 3.0 ports on a single PCI Express card. This makes it a veritable Swiss Army knife of storage connectivity, but only if you own a Mac Pro desktop! A Tale of Two USB 3.0 Cards There are currently two companies … [Read more...] about CalDigit Brings Both eSATA and USB 3 to the Mac Pro
It's hard to stand out in the world of external storage devices, and doubly-hard to compete with the hard disk drive makers themselves. This hasn't stopped folks like Iomega, Verbatim, and LaCie from trying to impress customers with flashy cases, software bundles, and clever functionality. But clever new twist on the external hard drive concept just rolled into the Pack Rat … [Read more...] about ioSafe SoloPRO Review: Is It The Safest Place For Your Data?
My late-2009 27" Intel iMac now has an eSATA port. I'm documenting how I did it here mainly for posterity. Although it works fine, I cannot recommend that others attempt to perform the same surgery on their own crazy-expensive Apple computers. eSATA mods like this won't be satisfying to most users, and the operation is risky and destructive enough that non-crazy people … [Read more...] about How To Add An eSATA Port To An Intel iMac