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  1. Freecom Hard Drive Sq review

    Freecom Hard Drive Sq review

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    Most external hard drives are "functional, but". They're useful, but not stylish. The Freecom Hard Drive Sq is different though.

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    Buffalo DriveStation Velocity review

    Buffalo DriveStation Velocity review

    10  

    The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity benefits from a super speedy USB 3.0 interface that puts other hard drives to shame.

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    Elgato Thunderbolt SSD 120GB review

    Elgato Thunderbolt SSD 120GB review

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    This portable drive's appeal lies in its pairing with a Thunderbolt connection. Although its price tag is high in pence-per-gigabyte, it's at the more affordable end of Thunderbolt devices.

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    Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB review

    Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB review

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    If being able to upgrade your external hard drive with newer and faster ports sounds good, then the GoFlex Desk may well be your backup drive of choice.

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    Samsung SSD 830 512GB review

    Samsung SSD 830 512GB review

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    Samsung is one of the largest manufacturers of NAND flash in the world, so you'd expect a great performance from a Samsung solid-state drive. And there's no doubt that this new model certainly delivers.

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    Intel SSD 520 Series 120GB review

    Intel SSD 520 Series 120GB review

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    So, Intel has done the obvious thing and stuck a SandForce controller in its desktop SSDs. Could it offer the best compromise between price, performance and capacity?

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    Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB review

    Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB review

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    It was almost inevitable that a SandForce-powered Intel drive would eventually appear. With the launch of the new Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB that day has finally come.

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    Plextor M3 256GB SSD review

    Plextor M3 256GB SSD review

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    We looked at one of Plextor's first 6Gb/s rated drives last year (the PX-128M2S) and barely nine months later, the next generation is upon us in the shape of the M3 series.

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    Zalman SSD-F1 Series 240GB review

    Zalman SSD-F1 Series 240GB review

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    Yes, the Zalman SSD-F1 Series 240GB is made by the same Zalman that makes all those fancy-looking CPU coolers, among other things. This actually isn't Zalman's first go at a solid state drive (SSD) range - it previously released the Zalman N series and the S series.

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    Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2nd Generation review

    Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2nd Generation review

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    By combining a large solid-state memory cache with a regular hard drive, the Seagate Momentus XT offers a performance close to that of an SSD at a cost-per-GB that's more like a HDD.

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    OCZ Octane 512GB review

    OCZ Octane 512GB review

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    The arrival of the new OCZ Octane 512GB is the most intriguing development in SSD technology in the last few years. The key theme here is high quality SSD controllers and the firmware that goes with them. They've proven very difficult to develop.

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    Samsung SSD 830 256GB review

    Samsung SSD 830 256GB review

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    The SSD 830 isn't the quickest drive, but it deals well with incompressible data, boasts high IOPS and random read/write performance, and it's well priced. If it's as reliable as it looks, the SSD 830 will be a fine drive.

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