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Akitio Intros Thunder3 Quad Mini

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Akitio Intros Thunder3 Quad Mini

Akitio presents the Thunder3 Quad Mini-- a Thunderbolt 3-enabled storage device with removable trays for up to four 2.5-inch SATA SSDs or HDDs, ideal for use with the latest MacBooks as well as Windows PCs.

The Thunder3 Quad Mini features aluminium construction and x2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. One port connects to the PC, while the other allows the connection or daisy chaining of Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C peripherals. Also included is a dedicated DisplayPort 1.2 output, and Power Delivery support provides up to 15W to notebooks with support for charging from a 5V/3A source.

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Kingston Claims Largest USB Flash Drive

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Kingston Claims Largest USB Flash Drive

Kingston Digital announces what it claims is the largest USB flash drive available-- the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), a portable device offering up to 2TB of storage.

Revealed at CES 2017, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT uses USB 3.1 (as opposed to the latest USB-C standard) and comes inside zinc-alloy casing for extra protection. According to the company the 2TB option can store up to 70 hours of 4K video, not to mention any number of regular files, within a fairly small form factor.

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QNAP Joins Backup Forces With ElephantDrive

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QNAP Joins Backup Forces With ElephantDrive

QNAP forms a partnership with ElephantDrive to integrate the latter's cloud backup solution with the former's storage hardware, specifically the latest 64-bit QNAP NAS.

According to the two companies the solution enables direct backups from NAS to the cloud, and unifies local and cloud storage for a superior user experience. ElephantDrive also includes administrative tools for data versioning and archiving, and allows file access and sharing from the cloud anytime and anywhere, on any device.

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Save on the Amazon Cloud With Seagate Duet

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Save on the Amazon Cloud With Seagate Duet

Seagate teams up with Amazon to present the Duet-- an external HDD featuring one-to-one syncing on the Amazon cloud, ensuring backups are held on both physical and online storage.

The actual drive offers 1TB capacity, as well as “quick local transfer speeds” (no actual numbers provided) in a slim design. In addition it also includes 1 year of unlimited Amazon Drive backups, allowing customers to access data from just about anywhere via Amazon Drive mobile app. Setup promises to be simple, with login via customers' Amazon accounts.

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SD Association Marks Card App Performance

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SD Association Marks Card App Performance

The SD Association makes it easier for customers to buy the right SD memory card with the App Performance Class symbol-- a logo marking whether an SD card is able to run applications as well as store data.

According to the organisation, SD Specification 5.1 establishes the Application Performance Class, or the technical and market requirements to run and store applications from SD card while still providing storage for pictures, videos, music, documents and other data. In addition Android Marshmallow adds SD memory card support (as "Adoptable Storage Devices") with a minimum execution time benchmark determining whether a card is best suited for apps or image/video capture.

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Seagate Claims Largest Portable Drive

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Seagate Claims Largest Portable Drive

According to Seagate the latest version of the Backup Plus Portable is its biggest mobile drive yet, thanks to a BarraCuda internal HDD allowing the creation of a 5TB model.

Announced last month, the BarraCuda HDD features a 2.5-inch 1TB platter, the highest capacity drive of its kind. The 5TB Backup Plus does not require a separate power source, making it a proper mobile storage option, while the aluminium casing is tough and relatively slim  at 20.5mm.

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LaCie Intros Thunderbolt 3-Ready Raid3

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LaCie Intros Thunderbolt 3-Ready Raid3

LaCie has a storage solution ready for the users of high-end laptops such as the latest MacBook Pro-- the Bolt3, an external HDD featuring two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Providing the actual storage inside the Bolt3 is a pair of M.2 PCIe SSDs making a single 2TB volume. LaCie claims transfer speeds reach up to 2800mbps, making the drive ideal for 4K and even 6K video editing. Thunderbolt 3 allows for the daisy-chaining of either one USB-C or up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices, and users can also connect two 4K displays and a laptop simultaneously.

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WD Redesigns My Passport, My Book HDDs

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WD Redesigns My Passport, My Book HDDs

Western Digital announces the My Passport and My Book external HDD lines now have new "modern and innovative" designs, the result of a partnership with branding firm fuseproject.

Supposedly built with the customer in mind, the updated HDDs also feature password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption to further the protection of the data inside, as well as increased storage capacities.

“As the storage landscape continues to rapidly evolve, and the bars for design and user-experience have increased, the team focused on the design and user experience to catapult My Passport and My Book to the next level,” WD says. “Through the reimagined design language, we want to engage consumers in a conversation about how storage is core to their lives and how they feel more empowered by the real benefits of capturing, protecting and enjoying life’s precious memories.”

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Seagate Launches Speedy Mobile Drives

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Seagate Launches Speedy Mobile Drives

Seagate announces two of what it describes as its "most advanced mobile consumer drives yet"-- the 5TB BarraCuda and 2TB FireCuda, both based on the company's 2.5-inch 1TB platters.

The BarraCuda HDD promises best-in-class versatility, performance and reliability for any mobile PC applications. It comes in both internal and external storage options, with either a 7mm laptop upgrade design or a 15mm design for external solutions. As such, customers can either go for an internal model or a no-fuss external option.

Meanwhile the FireCuda a hybrid 2TB drive with 8GB of flash storage for faster booth times, application starts and game loading times. According to the company the onboard flash is made even faster through new firmware managing when and how the platters spin, cutting down power consumption while not sacrificing performance. It also features "Multi-Tier Caching" algorithms able to continuously analyse system use and tweak performance accordingly.

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