Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are often expensive and tough to set up. While centralized, always-on network storage is a huge win, collecting everything from all your various USB drives to stash on a NAS can be a royal pain. Fortunately, the storage masters at Iomega have come up with a user-friendly solution that will appeal to both networking geeks and newcomers: the iConnect Wireless Data Station, a simple device that allows you to attach up to four USB storage devices and then access them via your home network.
Who else is getting tired of portable drives that are enclosed in the kind of bland black or silver case that just begs to be hidden? If you’re reaching for some sky, Verbatim’s slick InSight is a USB drive you’ll enjoy having on your desk. Its lovely piano-like finish and curvy lines are just plain classy, and at 5.99x3.37x 0.66 inches and 5.8 ounces, it’s very slim and light.
It wasn’t that long ago that we burned files onto CD-Rs and were amazed
by their gargantuan 702MB of storage. But even they seem antiquated
now--we routinely carry around several gigabytes of data in our pockets
on USB flash drives. Verbatim’s new line of Tough–’n’-Tiny drives takes
flash drives to the next level of shrunkeness, reducing them to a speck
of plastic and embedded electronics that seems barely big enough to fit
into a USB port.
Many moons ago, the idea of filling a drive with a terabyte of data
would have gotten you laughed at and possibly sent to a special
hospital where all the walls were white and padded. But these days,
we’re constantly checking our externals for room with the Get Info
command, then trying to figure out what’s safe to delete. If you’re
dealing with large files on a regular basis or are just a bit
obsessive-compulsive, the new Western Digital MyBook Studio can help
you keep track of your drives without having to be in front of your Mac.
Despite our constant exposure to tech gear, we’re always amazed at the
advances in storage. We still fondly remember floppy disks of the 3.5-
and 5.25-inch varieties--yes, the ones that held a single megabyte or
so at best. These days, we all expect to have hundreds of gigabytes of
storage in our machines, but that doesn’t mean external drives aren’t a
must-have. G-Technology’s G Drive brings high-speed, high-capacity
storage to your desktop, and it’s clad in a slick design that will look
right at home with the rest of your equipment.
Flash drives are easy to use and lose, potentially making your personal
files anybody’s business. Verbatim tackles this problem with the Store
’n’ Go, a USB flash drive with password protection. But the drive’s
security may be too inflexible for some users, and its software has
It happens all the time. You get a brand-new Mac, and you can’t imagine
a time when the hard drive could possibly be full. About a week
later--after you’ve installed all of your applications and you’ve
edited one movie--you’re stuck deciding which season of Doctor Who to delete so you can make room for all those boring PowerPoint files you need for work.
After months of unconfirmed rumors about its maybe, possibly imminent
arrival, Western Digital finally released its next-generation WD TV media player--just
mere days after we finished our Dec/09 issue, in which we named the
previous-gen model as one of our “2009 Gear of the Year” favorites. We
had a few niggling criticisms of that earlier version, but in the
latest model, Western Digital has made some excellent improvements to
what became our favorite set-top box for media playback.
No matter how big the hard drives in our Macs get, there’s still never enough storage. And while flash drives are handy, there are plenty of occasions when we need way more space for data--whether it’s carting around an entire issue’s worth of InDesign files or transferring our collection of ’90s alt-rock MP3s from home to our office machine.
When you’re shopping for an external hard drive, you could go the
conventional route and use a drive that comes in a sealed, tomblike
enclosure, or, for more flexibility, you could consider using a drive
dock, which will allow you to quickly swap raw SATA hard drives in and
out, as if they were CDs or floppy disks. Not only are raw SATA drives
cheaper than external models, they also can save space: Set a
drive-swapping enclosure on your desk and then keep the SATA drives
themselves on a shelf, like old-school VHS tapes (you can find
protective drive cases online for a few bucks each). If you frequently
move large amounts of data around, it’s far more efficient than a desk
full of bulky, conventional drives, each with its own cables and power