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  1. Pioneer DVR-112 review

    Pioneer DVR-112 review

    10  

    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

    10  

    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

    10  

    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

    8  

    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

    6  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    9  

    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

    8  

    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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    Iomega UltraMax Pro review

    Iomega UltraMax Pro review

    7  

    With superlatives such as “ultra”, “max” and “pro” all vying for space in its name, it’s little surprise that this Iomega is expensive, and with good reason.

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    Iomega Desktop Drive review

    Iomega Desktop Drive review

    7  

    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

    9  

    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

    8  

    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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    Buffalo DriveStation Quattro review

    Buffalo DriveStation Quattro review

    8  

    This is a big, hefty drive weighing in at a whopping 5.8kg. The reason is that the chunky case holds no fewer than four separate hard drives equalling 1TB in size, which you can configure in various different modes via the USB connection.

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    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

    Pioneer BDC-S02BK review

    8  

    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

    8  

    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

    7  

    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

    9  

    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

    10  

    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

    6  

    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

    10  

    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

    8  

    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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