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  1. Iomega eGo review

    Iomega eGo review

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    Housing a standard 2.5-inch hard drive, the casing of the Iomega eGo has been designed to look like a rather stylish hip flask.

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    Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB review

    Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB review

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    Standing proud on the desktop, the new Live version of Buffalo's LinkStation is immaculately styled and finished. In our tests, it also proved whisper-quiet in operation most of the time; the case fan only kicked in during periods of peak activity.

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    Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 review

    Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 review

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    Backing up your personal data is an often overlooked aspect of laptop maintenance. Although high-capacity external hard drives tend to be expensive, the Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 (£130 inc. VAT) is a valuable and usable choice

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    Pioneer BDC-S02 BD-ROM Drive review

    Pioneer BDC-S02 BD-ROM Drive review

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    This is the first Blu-ray drive specifically for PC users that doesn't write to recordable BD media and, believe it or not, this is a significant milestone for Blu-ray. For the reasons highlighted above, an affordable Blu-ray option for PC users means we can finally watch some hi-definition movies on our screens.

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    ATMT Scart Drive review

    ATMT Scart Drive review

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    It's always a good sign when your reviewer expects your product to cost more than it does. The first thing we thought when we peeled this out of its protective packaging was "this'll probably be worth about £200." In fact, it will set you back just £130

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    Fujitsu HandyDrive review

    Fujitsu HandyDrive review

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    Storage prices are falling through the floor and capacities are reaching right up into the infinite. Well, not quite, but with a 300GB external 2.5-inch drive your on-the-road storage needs are pretty much catered for.

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    Simpletech SimpleDrive Portable 250GB review

    Simpletech SimpleDrive Portable 250GB review

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    This external hard drive enclosure may be slim, but it can hold a Samsung hard drive up to 250GB. The drive inside this one is a 5,400rpm Samsung SATA HM250JI, which is one of the company's SpinPoint drives. Without boring you, it's a respectable model that runs quietly and doesn't heat up too much in this enclosure, and it runs as well as it should do for a drive of this rpm.

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    Pioneer Blu-ray BDC-S02BK review

    Pioneer Blu-ray BDC-S02BK review

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    Wait for the formats to bed in. That’s often what the sceptics say about emerging technologies, but with Blu-ray on your PC they might just be right.

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    Simpletech Simpledrive 160GB review

    Simpletech Simpledrive 160GB review

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    We've grown accustomed to portable hard drives using standard 2.5-inch laptop drives. However, the SimpleDrive comes with the most striking design we've ever seen.

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    Iomega Ultramax Pro 1.5TB review

    Iomega Ultramax Pro 1.5TB review

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    You could almost hear storage manufacturers collectively rub their hands with glee when we all found out that Leopard requires external storage to run its backup utility Time Machine. Primely placed to take advantage of this and other blossoming storage needs on a Mac is Iomega, which now has a range of Mac-friendly drives for you to choose from.

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    Netgear Storage Central SC101 review

    Netgear Storage Central SC101 review

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    Like the Maplin hard drive enclosure in our group, this Netgear SC101 comes without any hard drives fitted. You have to buy the IDE hard drive separately at a cost of around £120 per 500GB drive, although the lower-capacity drives are cheaper.

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    NEC AD-5170A review

    NEC AD-5170A review

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    At a claimed 20x speed, many modern drives appear to destroy the barriers put in front of them by physics. NEC's low-cost attempt, rated only at18x, certainly has a go, but falls marginally short of shattering any barriers

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    Macally USB 2.0 & FireWire hub review

    Macally USB 2.0 & FireWire hub review

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    Looking for extra FireWire or USB ports for your Mac? Then this could be just the ticket. This is a powered USB 2.0/FireWire hub that offers two FireWire ports and four USB 2.0 ports

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    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition review

    Western Digital My Book Studio Edition review

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    Western Digital’s My Book range is dominating the external storage market and it’s easy to see why. They’re good-looking drives with huge capacities, reliable hardware and come at a great price.

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    LaCie Golden Disk 500GB review

    LaCie Golden Disk 500GB review

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    The Golden Disk has a 7,200rpm drive with 500GB capacity. From a two-year-old iMac, our 1GB test folder wrote to the Golden Disk in 52 seconds and read back in 45 seconds. That’s acceptable but not startling.

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    Pioneer DVR-112 review

    Pioneer DVR-112 review

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    Pioneer is carving a name for itself as a manufacturer of quality, sensibly priced drives. The recording speeds on offer here are an improvement over previous products, making DVR-112 an excellent upgrade choice.

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    Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard review

    Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard review

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    Leopard isn’t a Windows Vista-style bloatware addition that nobody actually wants – the new features in Leopard are genuinely worth the asking price

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    Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher review

    Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher review

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    Available with either a DVD or Blu-ray drive, the SE Disc Publisher is an all-in-one, low-volume disc burner and printer that's a much more rounded product than its predecessor. An entry-level model with a 20-disc capacity, it packages together a Panasonic burner and Lexmark printer, complete with robotic arm for whipping blank discs between hoppers.

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    3Ware Sidecar review

    3Ware Sidecar review

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    This particular enclosure offers a lot of punch. You can choose from RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 and fill up four empty sleds for a possible total of 3TB. It also comes with a fast multi-lane SATA II cable that connects the enclosure to your workstation.

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    Iomega Screenplay Pro review

    Iomega Screenplay Pro review

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    Here’s an external hard drive with a difference – the Screenplay Pro has got a built-in media player.

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    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

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    The Blu-ray vs HD DVD battle is a twisting turning leviathan that has just got a lot more slippery with the release of this drive - a non writable Blu-ray drive that's a lot more tempting an option thanks to its low price. You can burn DVDs from it as well, although increasingly this is becoming more and more niche an option as USB drives take over.

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    Buffalo DriveStation TurboUSB review

    Buffalo DriveStation TurboUSB review

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    With its budget price tag of £90 for the 500GB model the DriveStation TurboUSB is the cheapest hard drive in this group test, but nevertheless boasts some neat features that you might expect to only see on more expensive devices.

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    Memorex Ultra Travel Drive review

    Memorex Ultra Travel Drive review

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    This is the first mobile hard drive we've seen from Memorex and it's an impressive design. Available in a variety of sizes, the 80GB version costs £60 (inc. VAT), while the 160GB costs £100 (inc. VAT). To help differentiate it, you can swap the colour of the drive with different covers for different capacities.

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    Seagate FreeAgent Pro review

    Seagate FreeAgent Pro review

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    So, think that you know what an external hard drive looks like (a brick probably springs to mind)? Then check out the new Seagate FreeAgent Pro.

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    LaCie d2 Quadra review

    LaCie d2 Quadra review

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    On the face of it the LaCie d2 Quadra has a lot going for it. The “Quadra” in this case refers to the fact that you’re provided with quadruple interface options, including eSATA and USB, in addition to both 400 and 800 variants of FireWire.

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