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Buffalo Announces DRAM-cached HD-PGDU3 External HDD

Buffalo announced a unique new external HDD, which it claims is the world's fastest. No, it doesn't embed an SSD, but a host-agnostic hot-data juggling system between a conventional hard drive (capacities of 500 GB and 1 TB), and 1 GB of DDR3 DRAM cache. As the drive powers up, frequently accessed data (hot-data), is copied onto the fast DRAM cache. As access frequencies of data on the HDD rise, they're juggled onto the cache.

An in-built lithium-ion battery ensures that there's no data loss when data is being juggled to and from the cache due to an abrupt disconnection; and it also ensures that hot-data stays on the DRAM for a few hours, even with the drive disconnected. An LED battery level meter keeps you updated on battery life. The battery recharges each time the drive is plugged in to the host. The drive uses USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, although there's no mention of UASP support. Under real-world circumstances, the DRAM-cached drive offers transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s. Measuring 81 mm x 18 mm x 133 mm (WxDxH), the drives weigh in at about 250 g.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Announces HD-LLU3 Series External HDD with Easy Auto-lock

Buffalo announced the HD-LLU3 line of external hard drives. Built in the familiar Buffalo chassis measuring 39 mm x 187 mm x 120 mm (WxDxH), and weighing in at 1 kg, these drives are available in glossy white and black color options; and capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB. They use a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection for both power and host-connectivity. A striking feature is the "Easy Lock" function, which password-locks data even when you yank the cable to disconnect. The drives are slated for late April, and should start at 13,600¥ (US $130).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Freecom Launches Mg External HDD with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Interfaces

Freecom launched the Mg line of external hard drives with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces. While either interfaces are fast enough for the roughly 100 MB/s hard drive with 1 TB capacity, the point behind the design is probably to cater to both 2011-'12 Macs/MacBooks with Thunderbolt minus USB 3.0, and the more recent Macs with it. The drives come pre-formatted with the HFS+ file-system. The drive bagged this year's Red Dot design award thanks to its classy magnesium alloy chassis. Measuring 129 x 81 x 15 mm (WxDxH), the drives weigh about 175 g.

Century Intros 4-bay External HDD Enclosure with Individual Disk Power Switches

Have you ever felt the need to have control (which can't be second-guessed by the OS) over which drives stay active in your multi-bay drive enclosure? If so, this enclosure (model: CRCH35U3IS) from Japanese peripherals vendor Century could be a Godsend. The enclosure allows you to manually toggle power to individual drives. It features four 3.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s lockable caddies, and connects to its host over USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface. A single SSD has been tested to achieve transfer rates as high as an honest-sounding 400 MB/s. The enclosure is cooled by a temperature-activated fan, which can be overridden. Measuring 130 x 260 x 185 mm (WxDxH), the enclosure weighs about 3.2 kg (probably because it includes a power supply). Slated for early-December, it is priced at 17,800¥ (US $220)


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

I-O Data Unveils HDCA-UT4.0K External HDD

I-O Data Japan expanded its HDCA-UT series of external HDDs with the HDCA-UT4.0K, which packs 4 TB of unformatted capacity, and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface. Like other members in its series, the HDCA-UT4.0K is designed to work as a self-contained DVR with compatible TVs, to record high-definition TV programs. It can be concealed behind TVs by clinging it onto its VESA wall-mount. The drive features a power-management mode that powers itself on/off along with the TV. Measuring 39 x 185 x 120 mm, the HDCA-UT4.0K weighs 1.1 kg. Slated for late October, it is priced at 38,850 JPY (US $496).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

WD Introduces Its Fastest My Book External HDD System Ever

WD, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation, and a world leader in external storage and connected home solutions, is combining two high-speed technologies to produce one of the fastest and most robust dual-storage systems ever offered. Supported by the Mac OS X operating system, the new My Book VelociRaptor Duo dual-drive storage system becomes the ultimate storage drive for performance hungry Mac computer users and creative professionals.

My Book VelociRaptor Duo provides ultimate speed and performance with two 1 TB 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor drives along with two Thunderbolt ports. The 2 TB dual-drive storage system is ideal for editing high resolution video, 3D rendering, graphic design, and other demanding digital media applications. This boost in performance delivers solid state drive (SSD) -like data transfer rates of up to 400 MB/s for greater work-flow productivity. The dual-drive storage system offers RAID 0 for performance or RAID 1 for protection; and the twin Thunderbolt ports offer daisy-chaining multiple My Book VelociRaptor Duo drives and other high performance peripherals without impacting data transfer speeds or performance. The My Book VelociRaptor Duo also comes complete with a Thunderbolt cable in the box and is user-serviceable.

Thermaltake Announces Muse 5 Next-Generation External HDD Enclosure

Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC chassis, power supply and thermal solution, introduces the Muse 5G series, the next-generation external hard drive enclosure for authors, scientists and artists in the 21st century to unite their power and soul by collecting and protecting all precious inspiration.

Thermaltake Muse is named after the 9 goddesses of Greek mythology, poetry and literature. The goddesses are considered the source of knowledge that became the representatives of poetry, the arts and science, and sources of inspiration. Thermaltake, carring the corporate mission of “delivering the perfect user experience”,has insight into the importance and the power of knowledge, thus specially developed the Muse 5G series in a high quality aluminum housing to provide a better heat dissipation as well as an elegant look like the goddesses we all have imagined.

Icy Dock Introduces the MB559U3S-1S and MB559U3S-1SB External HDD Enclosures

External enclosures provide a great avenue for many professional & enterprise users in the media field looking for an easy way to store, backup data or transport hard drives. The ability to have slim, removable and heat dissipation are all critical features that truly protect, transport and store your data. With that said, Icy Dock is proud to introduce the MB559U3S-1S, 3.5" SATA III USB 3.0 slim aluminum external hard drive enclosure.

The MB559U3S-1S uses an ultra slim fan-less design, to give the best portability in any professional environment. The height of the enclosure reaches just a bit higher than the standard 3.5" hard drive height under 2 inches, making it easy to place anywhere from your suitcase to your office drawer. The hard drive removability compliments the portability of the MB559U3S-1S by utilizing a simple and easy tray system to swap and transport your hard drive to different locations.

Logitec Intros New 4 TB USB 3.0 + eSATA External HDD

Logitec Japan introduced a new external hard drive (model: LHD-EG40THEU3F), which provides 4 TB of storage. Beneath its enclosure is a 7,200 RPM drive, and to take advantage of its speed, are two high-bandwidth interface options, USB 3.0 and eSATA. Measuring 120 x 199 x 35 mm (WxDxH), and weighing 1.1 kg, the drive packs a 40 mm fan to cool the unit, which gets activated only if the interior temperature crosses a threshold. It relies on an external AC adapter for power. The drive includes support for a variety of TVs that take in USB mass-storage devices. It is priced at 39,800 JPY (US $500).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Scythe Intros KAMAZO Series USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosures

Scythe introduced a pair of new external HDD/SSD enclosures under the KAMAZO series. These include the KAMAZO-S35-U3-BK, designed for 3.5-inch SATA drives; and KAMAZO-S25-U3-BK, designed for 2.5-inch SATA drives. Both enclosures take advantage of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface to eliminate interface bottlenecks. Made of anodized aluminum, the KAMAZO-S35-U3-BK measures 112 x 197 x 30 mm (WxDxH), weighing 268 g. This enclosure draws power from an external AC adapter. The KAMAZO-S25-U3-BK, on the other hand, relies on USB for both bus interface and power. It measures 80 x 131 x 18 mm, weighing 126 g. Apart from running on PCs as USB mass storage devices, these enclosures are supported by smart TVs such as Toshiba Regza and Sharp Aquos. Slated for May 16, the KAMAZO-S35-U3-BK is priced at 2,480 JPY (US $31), while the KAMAZO-S25-U3-BK goes for 1,280 JPY (US $16).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Marshal Intros 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure

Japanese peripherals company Marshal introduced Easy Go MAL-3435SBKU3, a desktop external hard drive enclosure, which can pack a 3.5-inch SATA hard drive. Apart from close to zero interface bottlenecks, thanks to its USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection, the enclosure's design focus is on cooling. It packs an 80 mm fan on its side panel for ventilation of the hard drive and other electronics. The fan can be toggled, and its designers claim that running it can lower the drive's temperatures by as much as 10°C. Its native logic features an Eco Mode feature, which completely spins down the drive while keeping its volumes mounted on the host machine, when there is inactivity for a set amount of time. The enclosure is made of rugged materials such as steel and ABS. Measuring 46 x 210 x 146 mm (WxDxH), it weighs a little over 600 g. It is priced at 3,480 JPY (US $43).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Logitec Intros External HDD Enclosure with Thermal Monitor

Japanese company Logitec (not to be confused with Logitech), released an ingenious new 3.5-inch external HDD enclosure, the LHD-EG, which features temperature-sensing, and a thermal-controlled fan that keeps the drive and electronics cool, making it fit for on-field (under shade) usage. The fan stays off till the ambient temperature is less than or equal to 45 °C.

Logitec is pairing this enclosure with Seagate's Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6 Gb/s HDDs, to come up with three capacity options: 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB. The enclosure provides eSATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) to connect to the host. When connected via eSATA, the USB cable should be plugged in to draw power, or a 12V external power brick has to be used. Measuring 120 x 199 x 35mm (WxDxH), the drives typically weigh 1.1 kg. Disc-cloning and backup software comes bundled. The 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB variants are priced at 13,480 JPY (US $171); 17,980 JPY (US $228); and 29,800 (US $378).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Buffalo Intros DriveStation 1.5 TB External HDD with Ability to Record TV

Buffalo Japan announced a new DriveStation external hard drive with the ability to record TV, the HD-LS1.5U2J. The drive provides 1.5 TB of storage, and can be programmed by a PC to perform scheduled TV recording with the PC turned off. When not recording or serving a PC, the drive enters into a low-power state that cuts power draw by 97%. When connected to PC and idling, the eCOManager software takes over, and spins down the hard drive while keeping other electronics awake. The drive connects to a PC over USB 2.0. Measuring 39 x 189 x 123 mm, the drive weighs about 1 kg. Slated for market release in mid-February, the DriveStation HD-LS1.5U2J will be priced at 18,690 JPY (US $242).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Sony Announces its First External HDDs that Offer Expanded Home Entertainment Options

The first ever range of external hard drives from Sony keep your precious data safe, while offering a range of exciting new home entertainment experiences. With a generous capacity of 500GB, the new HD-PG5 series offers plenty of space to store and safeguard your videos, photos, documents, digital music and more.

The HD-PG5U connects via USB with compatible BRAVIA models, allowing direct recording of HD television programmes from the TV’s tuner or connected cable/satellite service. The supplied USB adaptor cable also allows easy ‘PC-free’ transfers of video footage from compatible Handycam camcorders with Direct Copy function, including the new DCR-SX21E and DCR-SR21.

WD Announces New Generation My Book Studio External HDDs for Macs

Western Digital today announced that its newest generation of the popular My Book Studio external hard drives are designed for use with Mac computers and Apple Time Machine. Now available with a 3 TB storage capacity, the new design features a brushed aluminum casing to match the appearance of a Mac computer, and also serves to keep the drive cool while in use. The aluminum exterior, combined with its WD Caviar Green drives, eliminates the need for an internal fan to reduce drive noise and extend the life of the drive. Although formatted for Mac computers, the My Book Studio external hard drives can also be reformatted for PCs.

The My Book Studio external hard drive includes all the features and benefits that have made it one of the favorites among creative professionals and Mac computer enthusiasts, including its fast and flexible FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, user-controlled automatic backup software and drive management, password protection and hardware encryption. Shipping in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB, the My Book Studio drive includes the WD Caviar Green series of internal hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology.

Apacer Announces AC230 USB 3.0 External HDD

Apacer is proud to announce the launch of the new AC230 USB 3.0 external HDD (hard disk drive). With read and write speed up to 92 MB and 85 MB per second, the newly unveiled AC230 is three times faster than USB 2.0 equivalent models, giving you a boost in performance while backing up all quantities of data and media files, without the hassle of waiting.

With the increasing popularity of high-resolution videos and digital photography, storage requirements for backing up, storing and sharing data can amount to hundreds of GBs. The same can be said about the outrageous expected wait times for handling such important tasks. The Apacer AC230 External HDD, however, exhibits a top data transfer rate of up to 92 MB/s for reading and 85 MB/s for writing, taking only 4 minutes to transfer a 20 GB high-resolution video.

Toshiba Adds New STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S External HDDs to its Portfolio

Toshiba Europe GmbH today announced STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S: two external hard disk drives featuring USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers of up to 5 Gigabits per second and high enough storage capacities to host large multimedia libraries. STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S will be available during the first quarter of 2011 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The ongoing digitalisation of entertainment content is fuelling user demand for reliable external hard disk drives with large capacities and fast data rates. Many users want to transmit large files such as videos, music tracks and photos quickly between the backup medium and the computer. STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S both feature a USB 3.0 port offering a data rate of up to 5 Gigabits per second. However, computers and peripheral devices with USB 2.0 only can still be used with these new state-of-the-art hard disk drives.

WD Introduces 6 TB External HDD to Support Increased HD Content Creation by Pros

Western Digital, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system with a massive 6 terabytes (TB) of storage to meet the capacity needs of today's creative pros and Mac enthusiasts who create, store, edit and archive large HD video and photo files. The new capacity provides users 33 percent more storage than the previous capacity, while maintaining the same footprint.

Combining its extended 6 TB storage capacity and compatibility with Apple Time Machine, the new My Book Studio Edition II drive becomes an instant storage solution for a variety of professions including art and design, photography, legal and medical, and a host of other small businesses.

Toshiba Introduces STOR.E ART 4 External HDDs with USB 3.0

Toshiba Computer Systems, a division of Toshiba Europe GmbH, today unveiled the new STOR.E ART 4 external hard disk drives featuring SuperSpeed USB technology (USB 3.0) for super-fast data transfers with a transmission rate of up to 5 Gigabit per second. The sleekly designed external hard disk drives will be available during the first quarter of 2011 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“USB 3.0 will become a standard feature in the computing market of the future. Toshiba anticipated this trend, and launches not only new hard disk drives but also notebooks featuring the SuperSpeed data transmission technology,” said Marco Perino, General Manager Digital Products EMEA Toshiba Computer Systems. As users are increasingly storing large files such as videos, music tracks and photos, they demand a fast data connection between the backup medium and the computer. USB 3.0 offers data rates of up to 5 Gigabit per second. Compatibility to the widespread USB 2.0 ensures that computers supporting only USB 2.0 can also be used with STOR.E ART 4.

Zalman Announces HDD Enclosure with Virtual Drive Feature

Zalman announced its first external HDD enclosure. Unlike any other External HDD enclosures, we have spiced it up with world’s first virtual drive function on ZM-VE200. Now, end users do not need to carry around uncomfortable CD/DVDs. All they need to do is simply extract ISO image from the CD/DVDs and store them in the ZM-VE200. ZM-VE200 comes with the LCD that displays the list of the ISO files that have been loaded. Then they can install various OS / software by user’s choice with faster USB connection. Also with its stylish slim design will definitely attract customers to take anywhere they go.

Transcend Announces StoreJet 35T3 USB 3.0 External HDD

Transcend Information, Inc., a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today introduced the StoreJet 35T3, its latest 3.5” external hard drive featuring the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. The black, sleek-looking StoreJet 35T3 delivers real-world transfer rates of up to 130 MB/s, offering dramatically enhanced external storage performance for today’s speed-conscious users.

As technology marches forward, large files generated by modern devices such as digital cameras and camcorders can quickly fill an internal hard drive and slow the computer down. Designed for users with high-capacity requirements, the StoreJet 35T3 not only offers an enormous 2TB of storage space for large files, but also supports the next-generation USB 3.0 standard that boosts data transfer rates up to 130MB/s in real world testing—fast enough to transfer an entire DVD movie in a mere 30 seconds. Instead of wasting time transferring gigabytes of files and data to an ordinary USB 2.0 drive, users now have a much faster and easier way to store their digital content.

Logitec Intros Classy and Efficient External HDDs

Japanese company Logitec introduced a new stylish external hard drive, the LHD-ENx000U2HLW. It comes in two variants based on capacity: 1 TB (LHD-EN1000U2HLW), and 2 TB (LHD-EN2000U2HLW ). Measuring 35×183×120 mm, the drives weigh 850 g, and make use of silent WD Green hard drives inside, which makes complete use of the USB 2.0 bandwidth the drive relies on, and keeps the overall unit's power consumption down to 10W. The unit also features a passive air convection system to cool the insides. The 1 TB model is priced at ¥11,800 (US $140) and the 2 TB one at ¥17,800 ($212).

Source: AkihabaraNews

Team Group Launches TP-1023 Sporty External HDD with USB 3.0 Interface

The TP-1023 external HDD Team launched in 2010 is integration between the wild speed and luxurious design of a sports car. With the USB3.0 interface, TP-1023 delivers a transfer speed up to 5Gbps, which makes TP1023 runs as fast as a sport car! Under the Ferrari red surface coating, T1023 is fully packaged with functions that make itself stands out from any other external HDD on the market.

In addition to its eye-catching sports car design and coating, TP1023 is equipped with sports car like shock absorbent performance. The suspension design can significantly enhance the shock resistance ability. Passed Team Group’s 130 falling tests (which has exceeded the industrial specification), the suspension on the TP-1023 provides the best protection for both the hard drive and data within.

Apacer Intros AC430 Series External HDDs with USB 3.0 Interface

Apacer rolled out its latest storage device, the AC430 compact external HDD. Available in 500 GB and 640 GB capacities, these drives feature USB 3.0 to eliminate interface bottlenecks, providing speeds of 92 MB/s read and 85 MB/s write. Packed inside its sleek brushed metal enclosures is a 2.5" SATA hard drive. Apacer did not give out pricing information.

Source: TechConnect Magazine

Samsung Announces S2 Portable 3.0 External HDD with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Interface

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new 2.5-inch external hard disk drive (HDD), the S2 Portable 3.0. The new high performance external HDD features an on-board SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and a 7200RPM spindle speed, delivering faster performance over preceding versions.

"As digital content continues to evolve from standard definition to HD and now 3D content, we expect the demand for high performance external HDDs to increase, especially among IT enthusiasts," Ho-Seong Lee, vice president, storage marketing, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics. "The S2 Portable 3.0 delivers the benefits of top performance and quality, and as a result, lowers the power usage of the external hard drive also."
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