Kanguru's e-Flash Drive Can Handle USB and eSATA

In recent years, that vast majority of thumbdrive "innovations" have been...well... non-technical » 11/19/08 6:40pm 11/19/08 6:40pm. However, Kanguru has actually done something useful by integrating an eSATA plug with a standard USB 2.0 drive. For folks with eSATA capability, that means performance speeds that are several times faster than USB. The…

SATA Rev 3 Specs Will Be Faster Than SATA 1 and 2 Combined

New SATA specs!! The governing body of SATA (known as SATA-IO) has announced their SATA Revision 3.0 specifications, which is important because it will dictate the transfer speeds of internal hard drives (among other things). SATA Rev 3 will hit data transfers up to 6 Gbps (the original maxed at 1.5 Gbps and sequel… » 8/18/08 3:40pm 8/18/08 3:40pm

Brando USB, eSATA HDD Dock Gets One-Touch Backup Button

Previously it was double slots and eSATA, now the cartridge-style HDD dock gets a one-touch backup button. Makes it ideal for backing up your main drive to an old HDD you've got spare, and then bunging the backup in a cupboard until you need it. It's got eSATA and USB 2 connectivity and even comes with an internal… » 7/02/08 6:19am 7/02/08 6:19am

HDD Plug-in Dock Gets Some Two-Slot, eSATA Action

First there was the strangely Nintendo cartridge-like USB HDD dock, then there was the USB hub version. Now the strange external drive dock has got two slots for either 3.5- or 2.5-inch SATA drives, and also connects to your PC via eSata. There's one connection for each, mind you, so you'd better have a few slots… » 6/06/08 5:55am 6/06/08 5:55am

Seagate Showcase 1TB DVR Extender Records 12 HD Streams at Once (Now…

Seagate is taking their first crack at external DVR storage with the Showcase line of HDDs. The Showcase drives range in size from 250GB to 1TB, work with both eSATA and USB connections, and can record a whopping 12 HD streams simultaneously. For now, Motorola cable boxes are the only ones compatible with the… » 5/19/08 7:59am 5/19/08 7:59am

Addonics Snap-In ExDrive25: Cheap 'n' Snazzy Way to Give Old 2.5-Inch…

Sure there are other ways to enclose old 2.5" drives, but have you ever seen a more elegant one for 29 bucks? The Addonics Snap-In ExDrive25 promises hot-swappable connections via USB 2.0 and eSATA (if your PC can support it). Since eSATA can't power the drive via the bus—not yet anyway—you'd have to buy the $15 power… » 4/22/08 11:00am 4/22/08 11:00am

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II Has eSATA, Better Mac Support

Western Digital's been churning out these My Book external hard drives in all sorts of configurations, but this 1 and 2TB Studio Edition IIs seem to be the most feature rich yet. It's got FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0, RAID 0 or 1, and Mac support (you can also reformat it for PCs). Looking at Western Digital's … » 4/02/08 1:15pm 4/02/08 1:15pm

Self-Powered eSATA On the Way; Power Bricks Everywhere Shudder In Fear

The Serial ATA Standards guys just approved a bus-powered eSATA spec that may see the light of day as early as late summer or early fall. This comes as a relief since eSATA is making its way into the mainstream via the home-theater realm (as DVR add-ons), where demands for the power brick to just go the hell away are… » 1/16/08 10:47am 1/16/08 10:47am

Western Digital 1TB MyBook Drives Infested With DRM?

The guys at Wired and BoingBoing stirred up a hornet's nest this morning by alleging that Western Digital's 1TB MyBook World Edition external hard drives "won't share media files over network connections." That got us worried, since we just acquired one of the 1TB three-way (eSATA, FireWire and USB) Home Edition… » 12/07/07 12:20pm 12/07/07 12:20pm