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  1. Iomega Desktop Drive review

    Iomega Desktop Drive review

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    The smart alloy case of this Iomega drive is noticeably bigger and heavier than most of the competition, and with good reason, too. It includes not one but two separate hard drives, along with a reasonably quiet cooling fan to keep the heat down to manageable levels.

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    Freecom Hard Drive Pro review

    Freecom Hard Drive Pro review

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    Having gone to the trouble of fitting both eSATA and USB connections to this hard drive, Freecom has evidently decided to keep the cost down by cutting back on the capacity. Whereas many competing manufacturers are shipping 750GB or 1TB options, you can currently only purchase this drive in 400GB or 500GB editions.

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    Freecom Hard Drive review

    Freecom Hard Drive review

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    With award-winning and rugged good looks, the not-too inventively named Freecom Hard Drive has a tough aluminium case that not only looks great, but also dissipates heat very readily.

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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 Ministation Turbo USB 120GB review

    Buffalo Ministation Turbo USB 120GB review

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    On the surface, this looks like any other external 120GB hard drive designed for the mobile user. Simply plug it in, allow Windows or the Mac OS to locate it and you have a large capacity drive to back up all your files

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    Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB WD10EACS review

    Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB WD10EACS review

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    When did a terabyte of storage become passé? Probably when this became the second terabyte drive we reviewed. That does give us an advantage, as we have a drive to compare to this one - the Hitachi Deskstar 1TB.

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    WD MyBook Premium ES edition review

    WD MyBook Premium ES edition review

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    We've looked at the MyBook before. In fact, we can't seem to stop looking at it. It's a brilliant piece of kit: lovely looking case, spinning blue lights on the front, hidden morse code messages in the ventilation holes - everything you could want from an external drive.

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    Icy Dock MB664 review

    Icy Dock MB664 review

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    If there's something we like, it's simplicity. The MyBook - pre-installed as it is - clearly has the edge in terms of working straight out of the box. But the Icy Dock is as close to pre-installed as an enclosure without a drive could be.

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    Western Digital 750GB WD 7500AAKS review

    Western Digital 750GB WD 7500AAKS review

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    While the latest and highest capacity drives are always the most tempting, the capacity slots just under these tend to offer by far the best value. Need concrete proof? Take this 750GB drive from Western Digital

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    Imation Odyssey review

    Imation Odyssey review

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    We're not being unfair, here. It may seem like something of a cruel and unusual punishment to place a removable cartridge drive in among all of these internal hard drives, but 2.5in Odyssey is being pushed as the logical alternative to tape backup

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    Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDS721010KLA review

    Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDS721010KLA review

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    We find it hard not to gawp, slack jawed, at this miraculous Hitachi drive. For anyone who remembers the heady days when 20MB hard drives were the norm, it's sometimes hard to comprehend how 1,000,000MB can now be squeezed into the same space

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    Fujitsu Mobile 120GB MHW2120BJ review

    Fujitsu Mobile 120GB MHW2120BJ review

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    As laptops have become the best sellers of the PC market, one of their most obvious and irritating limitations has been a lack of storage. If you thought desktop drives were slow, then the sub-7200RPM 2.5in mobile drives are in a league of their own

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    Acer Altos easyStore 2TB review

    Acer Altos easyStore 2TB review

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    The price of hard disks has dropped, but if you're part of a workgroup, it doesn't matter that you can buy a 500GB, USB-connected disk for £80; it doesn't make for a convenient location to store the information generated by your team, and backup requires manual intervention.

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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 review

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 review

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    File sizes are on the rise; so are game installations, digital music and movie collections, and let's not forget Vista takes up 15GB of space. Hard drives are cheaper than ever before, though.

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    *Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB review

    *Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB review

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    Buffalo is no stranger to network-attached storage, or NAS devices. It's been pushing such storage for several years now; while it's not the most well-known name around, Buffalo is the world's leading manufacturer of these devices

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    Iomega 500GB MiniMax review

    Iomega 500GB MiniMax review

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    We Mac mini owners are well served when it comes to peripherals designed to perfectly stack under our beloved little Macs. In the past couple of months, we've seen the new Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station, and now this

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    Western Digital My Book World Edition review

    Western Digital My Book World Edition review

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    NAS drives are becoming more popular, but you'll still need to be prepared to invest to acquire the right functions for your needs. Western Digital has built on the success of its My Book external hard drive range with an attractive mass storage unit

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    Griffin 5-in-1 card reader review

    Griffin 5-in-1 card reader review

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    Griffin's memory card reader works with MacBook Pro's as an adaptor that slots into the Mac laptop's ExpressCard port. It will dock five of the most common cards used on cameras, but there is no Compact Flash support

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    Buffalo DriveStation Quattro review

    Buffalo DriveStation Quattro review

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    The amount of digital media we store is constantly changing and growing. With the advent of high-definition video, it is only going to get bigger. So, it makes sense to invest in an external storage

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    Samsung HM16HJI review

    Samsung HM16HJI review

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    The first hybrid hard drive on the market is from Samsung, which handily enough manufacturers the flash memory used within the drive itself. Physically the drive looks and acts like a standard 2.5in SATA hard drive with a standard 8MB buffer

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    Samsung 32G5APP review

    Samsung 32G5APP review

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    While hybrid drives and Turbo Memory could be thought of as an interim solution, the future will be entire drives constructed out of NAND flash. A glimpse of that future can be seen with this latest Samsung 32GB solid state drive

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    SnapServer 110 160GB review

    SnapServer 110 160GB review

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    We're in at the deep end with our first review. The Adaptec SnapServer certainly has all manner of bells and whistles and is built around a 1GHz processor, 256MB of RAM and its very own Operating System, GuardianOS

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    Maxtor Shared Storage II 1TB review

    Maxtor Shared Storage II 1TB review

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    Unlike most rivals and even smaller-capacity versions of the Maxtor Shared Storage II, this 1TB model comes complete with two built-in hard drives. In spite of this, it's compact and extremely quiet in operation

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