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  1. 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

    10  

    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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    MyBook World Edition review

    MyBook World Edition review

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    Thanks to the rise of network-attached storage and remote access, we need never leave work again. Now even when we're at home, we can share our work machines. A ghastly state of affairs? You be the judge

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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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    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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    CMS 60GB ABSplus with BounceBack Pro review

    CMS 60GB ABSplus with BounceBack Pro review

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    Swearing and cursing at your Mac won't bring back all your files and folders in the event of a system failure. All Mac owners know that a backup of all your data is the only thing that will put this right

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    Western Digital My Book Pro review

    Western Digital My Book Pro review

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    Unlike many a full-sized external hard drive, My Book's cute, book-like design makes it look perfectly at home on your book shelf. The specifications are quite impressive too, with a mammoth 500GB capacity and fast 7200RPM rotational speed

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    MyBook Essential 250GB review

    MyBook Essential 250GB review

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    We're simple folk, unimpressed by glittering but pointless frippery, so getting on board with the MyBook was easy. Seriously though, what's not to like? It's no-nonsense black, virtually silent, and pretty fast

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    Buffalo Drivestation Duo review

    Buffalo Drivestation Duo review

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    When lack of storage is a problem, instead of wedging the traditional internal drive into your fixed desktop PC, you could get many additional benefits by using an external box loaded with extra capacity

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    Western Digital Passport Portable review

    Western Digital Passport Portable review

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    Western Digital has a good brand name for external storage. We particularly liked its MyBook Pro desktop drives last year. Those drives came with loads of connection options, including speedy FireWire 800 and 400 ports in addition to USB.

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    Western Digital My Book (Essential Edition) review

    Western Digital My Book (Essential Edition) review

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    LaCie's Brick drive (shaped like a large Lego block) showed off theconcept of interlocking, stackable drives a year ago, and now harddrive pioneer Western Digital is getting in on the act with its My Book concept.

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    Western Digital Media Center 250GB review

    Western Digital Media Center 250GB review

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    Building slots for memory cards into a hard drive makes a lot of sense. You can use the single FireWire or USB link to copy your images to iPhoto and make copies on your external hard drive, all at the same time

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